It had a futuristic appearance and it also doesn't change in
course of time - it simply seems to be from another galaxy,
even 47 years after introduction. Presented at the Paris
Automobile Salon in 1955, the DS shocked Citroen's competitors
and was enthusiastically accepted by the Paris' public.
At this time, its very extravagant style was as popular as its
sophisticated technology and there was a lot of it. A disk
brake system was standard for the very first time at a car and
a 180-bar-hydraulic-system supplied power steering and brake
system as well as an automatic transmission and a new type of
This new hydro pneumatic suspension enabled comfortable road
manners that were not beaten in the 1950's and not in the
1960's too. Later, in 1968, Citroen offered a steering coupled
swivelling head light system, a technology that is to come in
the next years again. Admittedly, not mechanically controlled
but just more than 30 years later.