A design classic

by Helen Hooker September. 02, 2010 5161 views

I spotted this car, a 1968 Citroën DS, outside one of the industrial units beside our local farm shop weeks ago. I??ve always had a soft spot for this classic design and was itching to take some photos of it. Unfortunately, whenever I??ve had my camera with me since it??s been absent from the car park. However, this afternoon it was back and I had my camera with me. I went into the unit where it was parked and asked permission from the owner who seemed quite happy for me to take its photo ?? thank you John!

The DS was built for twenty years from 1955 and was ground breaking in its day with its futuristic Bertoni styling and super smooth hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension. The feature which caught my imagination as a child though were the headlights - two of the four front lights swivel in parallel with the steering, allowing the driver to see around the bends while driving at night. I did a little research about the car before posting these photos and learnt that in 1999 it was awarded third place in a ??Car of the Century?? poll behind the Model T Ford and the Mini ?? a worthy award I think for such a ground breaking car. I have to admit I was surprised just how old a design it actually is ?? when compared to other cars being made in 1955 it looks amazingly sleek and aerodynamic!

Those iconic swivelling headlamps.

Even the aerial is elegantly designed.

This particular model has a sunblind inside the rear window

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Pandka 6 years, 8 months ago

Cool set!

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Mariez 6 years, 8 months ago

I like #5

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Lucinda 6 years, 8 months ago

What a great eye you have. I've learned a lot from this post. Your sunshine must not have been blazing like mine was. The lighting is great in these. Did you use a filter?

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Andrea 6 years, 8 months ago

Fantastic set!

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Moira 6 years, 8 months ago

Sleek shots.

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Tom 6 years, 8 months ago

What class and style, well done on the capture

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Jon Laysell 6 years, 8 months ago

Neat set.

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Pete 6 years, 8 months ago

I just love how you approach a subject and break it down to the fine detail of what makes it a wow.
you are really good

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Marsha 6 years, 8 months ago

Wow, these have such great depth, Helen....the first one just jumped out at me!! Very, very cool car and such a nicely done post!

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Sherij 6 years, 8 months ago

WOW fantastic looking car!! Would love to hop in and zoom around town in that baby! Great color too!!

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Alison 6 years, 8 months ago

Ooh, gorgeous car and gorgeous pictures

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Joakim Bergquist 6 years, 8 months ago

I agree, it's very sleek and elegant. Deserves to be in such a great condition as this car is.

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Mark 6 years, 8 months ago

My first car was one of those. Too cool for this world.

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Sandra Vermeulen 6 years, 8 months ago

There is something about old car models ... they look so ... , I don't now ... I just like them a lot. ;))

Fantastic post, Helen!!

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Josy 6 years, 8 months ago

It's a french car, and my father had one of it !

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Lynda 6 years, 8 months ago

Fabulous set Helen. I love classic cars and this is a realy beauty. You've done it proud.

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