After 18 years of secret development, the Citroën DS 19 was introduced in 1955 at the Paris Motor Show. In the first 15 minutes of the show, 743 orders were taken, and orders for the first day totalled 12,000.
When the DS was launched it pushed the boundaries in the ‘ride vs. handling’ compromise equation beyond what was thought possible in a motor vehicle. The DS was the first mass produced car with front disc brakes. It also featured hydropneumatic suspension which included an automatic levelling system and variable ground clearance, power steering and a semi-automatic transmission.
Due to the fantastic ride of the DS it proved to be a successful rally car, where it was able to maintain amazingly high speeds on poor surfaces. The DS won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1959 and again in 1966, after the disqualification of the BMC Mini-Cooper team. In the 1000 Lakes Rally, Pauli Toivonen drove a DS19 to victory in 1962.
The DS was voted 5th in Automobile Magazine’s “100 Coolest Cars” in 2005. It was also named the most beautiful car of all time by Classic & Sports Car magazine after a poll of 20 world-renowned car designers.
First registered on 28th July 1965, this delightful ID version has had only 3 owners from new, the first being French, before the car found its way to Belgium where it currently resides. The ID is offered with 12 years of maintenance history, and notably the hydraulic system has been been overhauled.
Finished in white with a contrasting red interior, this Citroen is a fantastically stylish, comfortable classic which can be used and enjoyed every day.