An unreal car that realized by the French artist and illustrator André Lefèbvre sheet since: #Citroen-DS
is a design miracle for dissenters, a technology platform for experimenters and still a conceptually simple design car. We celebrate with the #Citroen-DS21ie-HA-Pallas
1972 a divine 50. Model birthday. / #Citroen-DS21ie
Between the top and bottom are the DS more than twenty centimeters. Which car NDAS?
And it inevitably leads to the ground. Slowly and elegant. The regular characteristic cracking hydropneumatics vies with the babbling, deeply hidden under the aluminum cover four-banger to attention, from the funny thin double spraddelt uncatalyzed burnt premium gasoline in the air. Oh, how good it smells. The divine palace from 1972, this nearly fully equipped relic from another world, comes to life, opens the yellow eyes and stretches full of dignity.
The DS already looked at the #Citroen
presentation in 1955 look like a UFO. That did not change during their 20-year production period, and not even when they disposed of thousands rusted later on the junkyards of Europe. And even today ... Who has not had a toy car, can the neighbor report (mostly art teacher or an architect), who moved this good French metal drops in everyday life.
The DS? Absolutely. This car is a girl. In the sober and dry BRD always spoke indeed of "the" DS, but the rest of the world quickly realized that the abbreviation "DS" (if you daherlallt not quite sober - the Frenchman goes like before noon a Vin Rouge) as "Déesse" - the goddess - sounds. Today it has capitulated in Germany and gives the classic female articles.
And with all her femininity, her broad chest, her slender ass and its expansive beautiful forms, they always looked different from all the others. It did not matter if she was standing next to a Ferrari, an Opel or a Jaguar. Otherness has always been polarized, and polarizing is good.
Here she was planned as a car widely grown and stood as "VGD" when "Voiture à grande diffusion", in the order books. Can a vehicle for the mass to be so different? Apparently yes, if the mass are those very own French and the designer was a man who deals with this Voiture Grande provocation probably wanted to avenge that no one could pronounce his last name right the first time. At the presentation of the DS as a successor of the "Gangster Limousine" Traction Avant at the Paris Salon on October 5, 1955 to be received alone 12,000 orders. One pulls the cooler northern German once the calculator, you find out quickly that in this case, apparently per minute at Citroën 25 purchase agreements were completed during normal opening times of the exhibition, which would be to doubt. But they still sold as pope pictures in the Vatican, the Goddess. By 1975, nearly 1.5 million times.
This may have been partly due to the almost divine comfort. The hydropneumatic pressure with their balls instead of shock absorbers makes the Citroën weightlessly glide like a flying carpet. Clear the carpet leans in turns and nods to and fro when braking and accelerating - but he also swallows almost any road unevenness and is only comforting softness of the passenger compartment on.
In combination with the opulent " #Pallas
" equipment with plush or leather, windows and all kinds of electrical helpers this vehicle was sufficient even to the French President Charles de Gaulle. A nice side effect of floating on the "Kullern" was the automatic level control. No matter how many cans of red wine you put in the trunk, the DS pumped repeatedly high. * Knack * ssssssssss * knack * ... Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce bought the licenses for their own vehicles. When you next time so you E-Class station wagon heavily laden, scold rather not on French technology.
On the other hand the car next to this particular comfort is very easily set up and maintain. A tire change can be no jack, only with a Jack Stand and the included tool kit, perform. The hydropneumatic already attracts the malade wheel high then. In the first models was even attached with a single central nut, the 80-centimeter-long wrench you could also use for cranking the engine with an empty battery. These could be on the dashboard, the ignition timing adjust ...
The avant-garde body was welded to a massive platform framework, similar to the Trabant or the Rover P6. Your good aerodynamic characteristics allowed despite the small mini-engine rapid speed limits and good fuel economy. All add-on parts such as the roof made of plastic, the aluminum bonnet, the doors and fenders and bumpers and trim in stainless steel could be unscrewed with a few simple steps. So if you have touched after drinking wine and galettes with Jérôme on the way back to Joséphine a road sign or the tractor by Gérard, a dented rear fender left after the removal of just one nut pull back and re-enter reasonably straight. Bottom Up.
For once completely sober and without fermented grape juice in the trunk, the journey continues today through Hamburg East, through industrial areas and on main roads between Stapelfeld and Ahrensburg. The strange shift lever on top of the steering column is almost as intuitive to use as an iPhone at first contact. The only information that has been added: "When switching the throttle." That works quite well, the four gears can insert easily, domes omitted. Funny.
The spotlight steer with the front in the curves and the heating distributes the north German spring cold from the scented leather interior of the "Pallas". And after a few kilometers, the approximation process at a traffic light and then passed again Get away reasonably stylish. The also hydraulic, load-sensing dual-circuit brake is actuated via a small rubber-reinforced button in the footwell - a joyous celebration for nonconformists, to which one must get used to but once a little himself. Until then, one is struck by how deep the car can dive on the inboard disc brakes surprisingly forward without digging under the turf.
In which lever position the DS starts and where the reverse gear, are relatively quickly dissolved puzzles, then simply slid just then. This is done when needed quite powerful and meaty, with the support of #Bosch-D-Jetronic
, but at least up to higher speeds always statesman (or government-female) restrained, as befits a sedan.
This goddess with the ridiculously small mileage of 100,000 kilometers, well, originally from the South of France, where she was consistently and regularly serviced in a specialist workshop. The owner has now reached an even biblischeres age when his car, and the grandson decided to sell in good hands. The good man was simply too old to be still otherwise want.
And yes, her whole appearance is different from the others. The steering wheel has only one spoke and the driver can not impale in an accident. The rear-view mirrors fitted on the dashboard instead of the top of the wheel, and the four doors are tiebarless than the most beautiful coupes. Everywhere there are generous Ashtray, you do not know where you would like to express his Kippchen first.
Unfortunately, there is a lack of cup holders for wine glasses. The fat tub in the engine compartment in front of the distant past four-cylinder is not as first suspected a canister with Vin de Pays for the driver, but the pot for the central hydraulics. And only later then is the motor.
Over the construction period, there was the DS and the simplified ID (in German "idea" - another entertaining little game called...) as DS 19, DS 20, DS 21, DS 21ie, *deep breath* DS 23, DS 23ie, ID 19, ID 20, DSpécial, DSuper and DSuper5, depending on engine capacity and facilities. And even the horn was more than one: The goddess has a soft tender for the terrifying pedestrians in city centers and a compressor fired for adequate subcompact of-the-road-blow for overland travel.
Today you will be loved by connoisseurs and designated only by ill-informed half-truths widening as "vulnerable". Both the engine and transmission as well as the hydro-pneumatic system does not need more care and maintenance than other automotive technologies. And if the Goddess this regularly got and get it done reliably and strange time in accordance with their service even in everyday life.
In the footwell to "reduce" the metal lever on the bottom left press, wait a few seconds, engine off and take a deep breath. The UFO's
Back in its port, is the goddess her passenger again.
Slowly she goes to bed, gracefully elegant, almost entirely on the floor. When she had fallen from the sky.
Year built: #1972
Displacement: 2,175 cm3 / #M21
Power: 92 kW (125hp DIN)
Max torque: 176 Nm at 3000rpm
Transmission: four-speed semi-automatic
Drive: Front wheels
Length / width / height: 4,840 / 1,790 / 1,470 mm
Weight: 1290 kg
Acceleration 0-100 kph / 0-62MPH: 12 s
Top speed: 185 kph
Value: 39,000 euros
Flap on. Well hidden, far behind the spare wheel is somewhere the engine installed. What a long nose ...
No Kat, but surprisingly economical and easy to maintain. When the goddess because not neglected.
Broooommmmm. Also on the move are the many details still futuristic, the engine sounds throaty unobtrusive.
Today charming, over 40 years ago like a spaceship. The cockpit is very well stocked.