1972 Citroen DS.

I spied a fish out of water on East 5th Street this morning. It was a Citroen DS. Lovingly referred to as the ‘goddess,’ it was first introduced in 1955 at the Paris Motor Show and must have been at least part of Hanna-Barbera’s inspiration for The Jetson’s which didn’t air until 1962. Somehow, this 1972 version has managed to make it a full 41 years after being one of only 38,000 to hit these shores out of 1.5 million produced worldwide in their 20 year run. The DS was incredibly innovative in that it used a full hydraulic system to run everything from the power steering to its clutch.1972, citroen ds, citroen, fish out of water, east fith street, east villageIt also sported the hydropneumatic self-leveling suspension system introduced the year before on its big brother, Citroen’s Traction Avant. That’s why when these babies are parked, they look like someone chopped a foot out at the knees. Don’t let that droopy look fool you, though. The Citroen DS took home 1st at the Monte Carlo Rally in 1959 and 1966 as well as a 1962 victory at the 1000 Lakes Rally. Automobile Magazine put it at #5 of the coolest cars of all time and it ranked as the most beautiful car ever by a renowned panel of judges at Classic & Sports Car magazine. This one is pretty banged up, but I’ve seen it parked around the East Village for a while now. I love its guppy-like design features and how it so seamlessly blends in and contrasts with the turn of the century tenements of Alphabet City. These Citroens were considered to be some of the most luxurious executive cars of the time, so if any of you know who owns this one, please let them know that Jesse and Greg want a ride. Maybe we can muster up a donation for them to take us to the First Annual On The Real Gala we’re planning to hold at Donald Trump’s mecca of gold and poo on the Fifth of Never! Here’s to you, Old Frenchman. We love having you in the neighborhood.

2 thoughts on “1972 Citroen DS.

  1. I’ve got a 1971 Citroen DS and it’s the greatest car I’ve ever owned or driven. The ride is like nothing else. You can hit a parking lot speed bump at 40mph and barely feel it. Everything about the car was so far ahead of it’s time that even today, 42 years after it was built, it rides better, stops better and feels better than anything new. I drive mine nearly every day in Austin, Texas. It’s dependable and easy to keep running. One of my favorite features are the headlights. They turn with the front wheels and work VERY well on curves, lighting where you’re actually going. Fantastic car in every way and my favorite obsession. I found the car a year ago in Reno, Nevada and drove it home to Austin through deserts and over the Colorado mountains. Have some great pictures I shot on the Salt Flats as well.

  2. Love it! Shame it’s not being preserved.
    My old client many years ago (1979) in Brussels had one of these. He drove me around and it was like a quiet rocket ship, very cool. I assumed it was a big bucks car. Guess it was. He could afford it. I couldn’t. ;>)

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