CITROEN DS - The "frog mouth"

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CITROEN DS - The "frog mouth"

Postby Miguel » Wed Aug 09, 2006 10:27 pm

I don't know how many people are familiar with this car in the US, but being from Europe, I remember admiring this truly unique and advanced car for its age... really cool mid-century design and great ride due to its advanced hydro-pneumatic suspension, where you practically don't feel the road. A true classic!

A little history:
http://vintagecars.about.com/od/history ... oen_ds.htm

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Backside:
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Convertible version:
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Directional lights follow the road when turning:
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Citroën DS

Postby Josquin » Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:43 pm

My uncle had a Citroën DS. What an exotic bon bon! I remember riding in the back, feeling completely enveloped by the seat as it glided along the pockmarked roads. It was the measure of a luxury car until my adulthood. Oddly, I never drove one in Europe. Unfortunately, I alway got stuck with the Renault 5.
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Postby Miguel » Thu Aug 10, 2006 3:14 pm

The DS was the first of a series of great looking advanced-technology cars from CITROEN. Others included:

the SM model (1970-1975):
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the GS model (1970-1981):
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Camargue (1972):
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Postby Miguel » Thu Aug 10, 2006 3:19 pm

Hehe.... an R5.. my mom drove one... what a little matchbox....

Oh... wait, if we're talking matchboxes, we have to talk about the FIAT 126 (my mom also drove one of these at some point.. 3 kids and a dog in tow):

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Postby Miguel » Thu Aug 10, 2006 3:21 pm

But his royal tinyness will always be the FIAT 600!

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Postby Miguel » Fri Aug 11, 2006 9:45 am

I was appropriately corrected that the FIAT 500 was even smaller than the 600.

Fiat 500 (1957):
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blueprint at bottom of this page: http://ricscan.altervista.org/modelli3D ... iat500.htm

Fiat 600 (1955):
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The FIAT 600 had it's 50th aniversay in 2005 (), but 2007 will be the 50th aniversary of the ‘Cinquecenti’.
250 people with their FIAT 500 entered the Guinness world of records to commemorate this fact:
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I have 3 of them!

Postby Sputnikmoss » Thu Nov 30, 2006 9:36 am

My husband and I currently own 3 of them. We have a 1964 DS19 that one day we hope will look like this.

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and we have a 1968 and 1969 ID19. Our '69 is a daily driver and the '68 is currently on blocks in the garage getting a full restoration by my awesome mechanic husband.

The '68 restored will look like this

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Postby scowsa » Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:52 pm

Several DS19's were used in the 1997 SciFi movie, Gattaca, with Etahn Hawke and Jude Law. The sound was edited so they appeared to powered by an electric engine.

The movie is set in a futuristic building which is actually the The Marin County Civic Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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my take....

Postby modfan » Sun Dec 24, 2006 6:20 am

Yes the Citroens did indeed have luxurious interiors as most french cars but the dashboard controls were rather bizarre (no self cancelling turn signals) even more so than most french cars, but some of their features were way ahead of their time. Sadly their current model range looks rather conventional, maybe it because they have to increase their market share or maybe other cars finally caught up with it. Since they aren't imported into the US anymore (except maybe via the 'gray' market) we don't see much of the current models. But it seems they should draw on that heritage (much as Ford did with the Mustang) in developing new product. I heard that one could conceivably drive the car on 3 wheels if needed because of the hydrolastic suspension that the DS series had.

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Postby Tony » Sun Dec 24, 2006 6:52 pm

I don't know about actually driving on three wheels, but it was possible to jack up the car using the hydraulics in order to change a tire.

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Postby SDR » Fri Dec 29, 2006 6:25 pm

Geez -- where wuz I through all this ? Distracted, obviously.

Though I have yet to ride in one (I'm saving EVERYTHING for my old age, apparently) I have a life-long love of Citroen ('Cee-twho-anh,' according to my high-school French teacher) and the DS/ID. . .the copy of Motor Trend that contained the first pics I had seen (1956 ?) also had a simplified "one-line" sketch of the car that captured its essence perfectly.

Wow ! Frameless glass -- a fiberglass roof panel -- that amazing "face" -- total foamland inside, and the most advanced drive and suspension system of that or any other day.

There's one with a transparent sky-blue top (a sedan) in "The Tenth Victim." That car and an XKE roadster stand in for cars in a future setting, in this 1965 film.

I'm going to look at new Alfas, now -- leave me alone for a minute. Every time I see a police car on the Italian-language news it makes me stare. Why do even Accords and Fords look better when they're sold elsewhere (England, for instance) ? Is our taste really that retarded, here ?

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Postby Sputnikmoss » Sat Dec 30, 2006 9:46 am

check out this vintage commercial!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW-4hWtWA6Q

Here is some footage of the DS parade during the 50 year celebration of the DS in Paris. I wasn't able to attend but my friends in the Citroen Club did and said it was awesome!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFN-3_F0Yno
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Postby SDR » Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:53 pm

Interesting. Only one station wagon visible in the parade footage. . .

Best of luck with your restoration(s). Quelles voitures !

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Postby Miguel » Sun Mar 11, 2007 7:18 pm

Talk about AlfaRomeo.... I miss my 1983 Alpha...

Left my black Sprint Quadrifoglio 1.5 in Portugal when I moved to the US. It's still there, but most likely not in good running condition...
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Postby AntarcticDave » Sat Nov 17, 2007 4:53 pm

I had a 1971 DSpecial for 7 years and 145,000 miles. I miss that car (except the less than stellar heater - it was a cold drive in Denver in the winters!).
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Well since this is

Postby modfan » Sun Nov 18, 2007 5:51 am

kinda related to Fiats---
When I was a kid my dad had a 59 Fiat Bianchina, the typical putt putt Mr. Magoo car. He said it was a great car, a daily driver drove it from Claremont to Pasadena everyday (BEFORE there was the I-210) had that top that rolled down but the sides were rigid. Had the typical beep beep horn. Mom never drove it she never learned a stick. It had an itty bitty back seat just barely big enough to hold my brother and I. I remember my aunt picking us up at the park in it, as she knew how to drive a stick, toodled up to us honked the horn and shouted 'Taxi'. This isn't it but it was the same color and such.

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Here are 2 of ours..green 1965 and white 1969. There are 2 more out of frame also :o :roll:
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