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A design classic

  • Posted Sept. 2, 2010 by Helen in Cars. Viewed 5041 times

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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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    • # Lucinda

      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?

      2010.09.05 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Pete

      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

      2010.09.03 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Marsha

      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!

      2010.09.03 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Sherij

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

      2010.09.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Sandra Vermeulen

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

      Fantastic post, Helen!!

      2010.09.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Lynda

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

      2010.09.02 Edited Reply Cancel