After 180 years of secret development as the successor to the Traction Avant, the DS19 was introduced on the 5th of October 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. During the 10 days of the show, the DS took in 80,000 deposits; a record that stood for over 60 years.
The DS placed third in the 1999 Car of the Century competition, and fifth on Automobile Magazine’s “100 Coolest Cars” listing 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, including Giorgetto Giugaro, Ian Callum, Roy Axe, Paul Bracq and Leonardo Fioravanti.
Having been owned by its previous custodian for a number of years, this car has withstood the sands of time beautifully. Offered with French papers, this is yet another car which has been fastidiously looked after and regularly used by its owner.