Citroen broke the mold when it launched the ground breaking DS in 1955
The Citroen DS is one of the most extraordinary cars ever created. Its ‘Goddess’ name – ‘Deesse’ in French – was entirely justified because it did seem to be from another world. The beautiful shape was like nothing else, while hydropneumatics controlled the self-levelling suspension, brakes, clutch and power steering, with the ride height adjustable from inside the car. Only the old 1911cc engine was carried over from the Traction Avant. The budget-conscious ID19 appeared a year after the DS19 and featured conventional brakes and steering.