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Little Classics News: 18 October 2014

Citroën DS Celebrating 60th at London’s New Classic Car Show

Citroën DS

To some it is the most beautiful car of all time, a ‘Goddess.’ To others, it was the most technically advanced car of its era, a revolutionary machine that was years ahead of its time. Today, almost 60 years after its birth, the classic Citroën DS still has the ability to turn heads.

The DS was launched at the 1955 Paris Motor Show where its avant-garde design stunned show goers. Some 743 orders were taken in the first 15 minutes of the show opening and by the end of the first day that total had risen to an incredible 12,000.

Citroën DS4

At a time when most cars were rear-wheel drive and running on old-fashioned suspension, the DS19’s futuristic specification featured front-wheel drive, hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension, a semi-automatic gearbox and even a fibreglass roof to lower the centre of gravity.

To celebrate the diamond anniversary of the much-loved classic car, the DS will be enjoying several significant birthday parties during 2015. These special celebrations will kick off when the original DS takes centre stage at the inaugural London Classic Car Show in January.

The homage to the DS and its sibling the ID will include a number of different examples including the Break or Safari estate car and the highly collectable convertible

Citroën DS1.

And bringing the story right up to date, the London Classic Car Show marks the UK debut of the new, stand-alone DS brand. The separation of Citroën and DS was announced on 1 June and the two marques exhibited side by side as two distinct brands for the first time in Europe at this month’s (October) Paris Motor Show. The aim of DS is to return the French automotive industry to the ranks of the premium carmakers, which could mean some future classics along the way.

Held at ExCeL in London’s Docklands from 8-11 January 2015, the London Classic Car Show will kick-start the New Year with a feast of mouth-watering and rare classic cars, many of which will be driven up and down The Grand Avenue, a highly original runway driving through the heart of the show.

Tickets are now available from the show website: www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk



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