Launched at the Paris motor show in 1955, the Citroen DS shocked the world with its aerodynamic design and innovative technology. A symbol of French ingenuity, the DS was a spaceship by the standards of the time.
DS pronounced “Dee Esse” roughly translates to Goddess and was manufactured from 1955 to 1975
The Citroen DS featured many innovative features such as
- Hydro pneumatic suspension,
- Power steering,
- Disc brakes (first for a production car),
- A fiberglass roof which lowered the centre of gravity,
- Independent suspension
- New radial tyre technology which the engineers exploited through its parent company Michelin
There are very few cars manufactured today that can match the ride and comfort of a Citroen DS and it was an unlikely winner of the Monte Carlo Rally in 1959 and 1966 due to the hydro pneumatic suspension coping so well over rough terrain.
The South African produced Citroen DS’s were initially built in Johannesburg, but production moved to Port Elizabeth in 1970
South African differences were mainly the seats which were Vinyl over foam cushions and other minor locally sourced items