Citroen DS Group owners and fan Take a Citroen to where the going gets really rough. A dirt road perhaps, hardly wort...
Citroen DS Group owners and fan

Take a Citroen to where the going gets really rough. A dirt road perhaps, hardly worthy of the name. Gouged, rugged, chuck-holed. Now pour on the power!

Test-drivers, auto engineers, people who make cars their business, have done just that, and have come away shaking their heads in wonder. Hard put to find the right words to best describe the way Citroen has rippled them over terrain that could wreak quick havoc to any other production car in the world.

Citroen gets up and goes! Its engine is rugged, sturdy, and surprisingly economical. In fact, the new Citroen DS 19 is now capable of speeds in excess of 100 mph, with increased accelerations, and up to 32 miles per gallon. Front Wheel Drive and Air-Oil Suspension give it superb roadability. You must try the new DS 19.

Four-lane highway or road under construction, all roads lead to Citroen. Make your own road test. Only by means of a demonstration can you judge Citroen’s unique roadholding, superb comfort and roominess.

We invite you to a free demonstration of Citroen’s exclusive Air-Oil ride at your nearest Authorized Citroen Dealer.

Wind and Sea... Gas and Fluid... get together and make the Air-Oil Suspension which give the spindle-slender shape of the Citroen its look of weightlessness. They conspire to keep car body level, in constant equilibrium at any speed and over any road. Through hummock, hollow, or over hairpin curve, the Citroen is of imperturbable design, thanks to air and oil. Wed to them, she is wed as well to the road, to speed, to comfort, to the fulfilled promise of graceful driving! Consecrated by the label “Beaute France”...
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  •   Alan Lovell reacted to this post about 1 year ago
    / #1973-Citroen-DS23-Pallas-IE / #Citroen-DS23-Pallas-IE / #1973 / #Citroen-DS / #Citroen / #Citroen-DS23 / / #1973-Citroen-DS23ie-Pallas / 1973 / #Citroen-DS23ie-Pallas / #Citroen-DS23-EFI-Pallas / #Citroen-DS23-EFI


    This fuel-injected 2.3-litre range-topper has desirable optional extras including factory air conditioning, explains Mike Renaut.

    Shiny dark blue paint suits this 1973 DS #Injection-Electronique and covers straight, corrosion-free panels with generally excellent gaps. All the Pallas trim is in place and appears in nice condition despite some surface tarnish, especially on the rear window surrounds. All glass including the headlamp covers is free from damage, the inner set of lights turning with the steering. Originally sold in Prato, Italy, the left-hand drive DS came to the UK in 2014 and the headlights still appear to be set up for driving on the right. Bumpers are equally blemish-free, as are the Pallas wheelcovers. If we had to nit-pick, there is slight surface rust on the wiper arms and the lower door trims are not affixed perfectly straight, but otherwise this car is hard to fault.

    The factory-fitted – and operational – air conditioning is an unusual option. The blue and white cloth and leather-cloth interior is in especially nice condition with no obvious damage and the big seats with headrests prove both comfortable and supportive. The dashboard is free of cracks, but there are a few small areas of scuffed paint and the surround for one set of pushbuttons needs securing in place.

    A rear window blind is included and the light grey fabric headlining is droop-free and in perfect condition. Door cards appear unmarked, as does the dark blue carpet. Turn the ignition key and the engine fires up immediately, soon settling to a smooth idle at an indicated 1200rpm. It quickly warms up and nothing on the numerous warning gauges offers cause for concern. The suspension operates just as it should, with the car soon finding its natural ride height. Again, no leaks or untoward noises were spotted during our inspection.

    On the road the Citroën is quiet and well-mannered with very light steering that still feels precise. Finding your way through the five-speed gearbox using the column-mounted gearlever soon becomes second nature, with each gear dropping into place positively. Stopping power is impressive, the sharp brake pedal virtually halting the car dead in its own length at low speeds. Winter and summer tyres are supplied with the DS, the set fitted during our test being Petlas with excellent tread. The jack and an unused ‘multiseason’ spare tyre are present under the bonnet. A generally tidy engine bay has a little worn and scuffed paint on some components, but no obvious leaks or areas of concern were noted. Recent #MoT certificates mention a weep from a power steering hose joint, but our inspection failed to detect it.

    The odometer reads just over 98,400km (60,000 miles). The previous owner added a new swivelling centre headlight assembly, alternator, high-pressure pump and fuel pump. New injectors and fuel pipes were fitted, and the fuel tank cleaned and lined in 2014. The air conditioning system was repaired and re-gassed in 2015. This very attractive example of a #Pallas has an excellent specification. The car drives beautifully and a little tidying under the bonnet would finish it nicely.

    Good colour, Pallas trim is all there and the panel gaps are generally good Interior looks and feels almost brand new Engine runs well, but its bay would benefit from tidy-up.

    1973 Citroën DS Pallas IE
    Price £28,000
    Contact European Classic Cars, Avebury, Wiltshire (07813 394167,
    Engine 2347cc 4-cyl OHV
    Power 141bh [email protected] 5500rpm
    Torque 135lb ft @ 3500rpm
    0-60mph 11.7sec.
    Top Speed 116mph
    Fuel Consumption 29mpg
    Length 4874mm
    Width 1803mm


    1 Unveiled in 1955, with hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension, power steering and disc brakes. A more basic ID version was available.

    2 September 1962 restyle saw a new nose, pointed front bumper and better ventilation.

    3 Pallas model with 41 improvements including a more luxurious interior debuted for 1965. The original hydropneumatic system used vegetable oil ( #LHV ), then switched to synthetic ( #LHS ). For the 1967 model year, Citroën introduced mineral oil-based oil ( #LHM ).

    4 1968 model year cars got four glass-covered headlights, inner set swivelled with steering.

    5 #Bosch fuel injection was introduced for 1970 and a 2.3-litre engine in 1972. Production ended in 1975 after 1,455,746 DSs were built.
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  •   Andy Everett reacted to this post about 4 years ago

    The #1972 #Citroen-DS23 of Damien Ancellin and Didier Buhot makes its way through some typical Alpine scenery during this year’s Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique. The all-French crew safely reached the ceremonial finish in the Principality, being classified 43rd overall out of more than 250 entries. They survived treacherous conditions on the early stages that claimed some of the expected front runners ACM/Jo Lillini. #Citroen
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  •   Adam Towler reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    ABLE TO ROLL 188 KMH IT IS MORE POWERFUL DS / #Citroen-DS23ie-Pallas ( #1975 ) / #Citroen-DS23ie / #Citroen-DS23-EFi-Pallas / #Citroen-DS23 / #Citroen-DS / #Citroen

    The addition, since October 1967, steerable headlights that illuminate the inside of the turn, places the DS to the cutting edge and security.

    While preparing to leave the scene, the DS is still as fascinating. Restyled few years ago she ended her career in style by receiving the most powerful engine in its history. Never make fun of the rich, no one knows what the future holds! This is exactly what I think discovering this beautiful DS 23 Pallas electronic injection, waiting for me for this test. Twenty years after its launch, the car still carries elegantly unique style. Better the restyling of October 1967 brought him this touch of modernity that allows it to display again, in middle 1970s, a timeless presence. This new face hides an innovation that, once again, Citroën up to the cutting edge of technology.

    Under its large headlights, the DS directional spotlights houses that follow the movements of the steering wheel to illuminate the inside of the turn. Engineers have developed a complex system of rods and cables that connect these lighthouses to the steering rack, but also to the rear axle to the beam is always in the axis of the road when the car rears or lowers. This innovation ensures night lighting exceptional efficiency that keeps averages completely crazy after nightfall. Then the owners do not deprived, especially those who had the chance to drive 23 electronic injection.

    Citroën is also the first French manufacturer to adopt this power system. First on 21 October 1969, then the 23 successor in October 1972. This version is the most powerful of all the DS ever produced. Its displacement was increased to 2347cm3. It develops 130bhp at 5250rpm enabling it to reach 180kmh and even 188kmh, for those who prefer manual 5-speed rather than hydraulically controlled, which simply reports 4-speed. Since October 1969, the car is also equipped with a tachometer, appeared with the new dashboard. The round dials are more modern, but the style of this new board, very massive, not unanimous. A real "Chinese wall" as dubbed detractors. With its powerful engine, the DS 23 can Mercedes and BMW, in recent years, come to taunt on French motorways.

    Despite its services sharply higher, the 23 remains surprisingly homogeneous. His approval is valued by its performance. Twenty years after its release, forward-thinking technology of the DS allows him to appear again among the best European road. It is even better, if one takes into account that it remains virtually impervious to the vagaries of the weather, which is far from the case of its German rivals.

    Powerful, agile and reassuring

    The straight line stability is simply phenomenal. The hydraulic suspension ensures optimum contact of the tires on the asphalt. Even in the rain, the car size the road as a torpedo boat in bad weather, lifting a huge spray of water which blinds her pursuers. Management also seems set differently. It is more reactive and calls the car through corners with surprising quickness. As always with DS, the driver must measure the magnitude of her actions but, more swift with this model, it should be even faster and more precise. In calmer traffic conditions, the 23 shows on the contrary perfectly considerate and 2,3-liter engine torque ensures reminders while flexibility. Too bad Citroën has not changed the staging of the box, with a first remains very short and still serves to make the car take off at startup. Obviously, the DS is always distinguished by its powerful braking. If the dosage of the pedal always wants delicate, the car remains invariably able to net pound, while remaining seated on its trajectory. Although the road is curved and embossed coating. In this area, as in many others, the Citroën keeps a margin ahead of most of its European competitors. All qualities which measure how the DS revolutionized automotive history.

    "We love the flexible and powerful engine, its road holding and braking."

    "We do not like the staging of the gearbox and its massive board edge."


    Engine 4 cylinder inline, longitudinal / #M23
    Displacement 2347cm3
    Fiscal power 13HP
    Maximum power 130bhp at 5250rpm
    Torque 195 Nm at 2500rpm
    Bosch electronic fuel injection supply
    In the front wheel drive
    Gearbox 5-speed manual
    Brakes front / rear discs / drums
    Tires 185/380
    Dimensions L x W x H 4.87 x 1.80 x 1,47m
    Weight 1340kg
    Top speed 188kmh (tested at mechanical gearbox)
    Acceleration 1 000m 32,2s D.A. mechanical gearbox
    Fuel consumption average 13,4-litres / 100km
    65-litres fuel tank
    Safe NC

    Since October 1969, the dashboard with round dials is finally equipped with a tachometer.

    The door panels are made of leather, except for the middle part carpeted. The ride height control lever, with its black plastic tip is plated.

    A stainless steel plate is fixed to the thick carpet. In 1975, chromium remains on the DS, as evidenced by the handles with a clean plate.
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