Screaming up the Col de Turini in someone else’s Mini recently we stumbled across this, a pink Citroën DS, parked tight against the mountainside. I had a picture of one of the DSs that won the Monte Carlo rally in ’59 with me and took the picture within a picture you see here of old and new car together. The DS turns sixty this year, how futuristic it must have seemed when launched in 1955, as a frame of reference the Mini wasn’t born until 4 years later. OK, so they appealed to a different demographic back then, as they do now, but the svelte Goddess makes BL’s effort look like the econobox is was.


If Wikipedia is to be believed Citroën sold 12,000 on the first day the DS went on sale. The DS won the Monte again in ’66 when (depending on your nationality) the Minis were either disqualified for cheating or were diddled out of a win by the French organisers. The DS had many design innovations, the hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension coming in for particular praise (and aiding it’s rally ability over poor surfaces). Complex and unreliable to live with today? We’d take that chance, happily.


Citroën also made an estate version (the Safari), a Coupe, and perhaps the prettiest convertible ever. They built nearly one and a half million examples of the DS over a 16 year production run and today they look more appealing than ever before. Even aged sixty and painted pink.




Citroen ds SAFARI



Updated: Huge thanks to Paul Veysey for this fantastic pic of his DS also on the Col de Turini, pic by Jean sejnost (AKA photo junior).

paul veysey DS photo by jean sejnost (photo junior)

If you also own one we’d love to hear from you (even if your name is Ben Williams), leave us a comment!

Pictures from Duisberg up an ‘illside, Jean Sejnost, Wiki and Flikr with CC.

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Rich Duisberg

Rich Duisberg* has had work published in Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Modern Mini, Banzai, MogMag, Evo, GT Porsche, Complete Kit Car, Absolute Lotus, Alternative Cars, Classic Retro Modern, and elsewhere. Rich often appears on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels, and Motors TV, plus JayEmm on Cars, enthusing about historic motoring. His latest book (find his work on Amazon) was described by SniffPetrol as "hilarious", although he was also threatened with legal action by elderly DJ Tim Westwood. In his Midlands man cave is a 1972 Fiat 500, a Lotus Elise, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Previous machines of interest include an Mk1 MX5 (owned for 14 years!), an Alfa GTV6, a Porsche 968 and a Sinclair C5. The Metro (right) was bought for an experiment, and abandoned in Africa. "I am not getting in a car with him" -  said Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. *A nom-de-plume inspired by the BBC's League of Gentlemen.

One Response

  1. Paul Veysey

    My DS on the Turini is actually a Slough built ID. Manual box and no power steering, which is why I couldn’t use my shoulders for several days after the final stages !


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