As many times before, names of engineers who enabled technical
progression like this which was basis for a car like the DS
were replaced by names and badges of their employers and finally
fall in oblivion. Even the designer of the DS and creator of
many important French cars is internationally unknown contrary
to his Italian colleagues as Pinifarina, Bertone and Giugiaro.
But Flaminio Bertoni's creative work as a designer and artist
is too important and much too successful to be forgotten
In France, his home country, he reached fame and honour of a
national artist. Although Bertoni was an Italian, his mobile
and immobile sculptures were awarded there many times. Besides
this, he was known as an architect as well as an inventor,
even outside of France. His patent on a system for a faster
construction of family houses was successfully realised in San
Louis, USA and immortalised his name also on the western side
of the Atlantic.
Creations as the Citroen 2CV, Traction Avant, AMI 6 and, of
course, the DS too played leading roles in lots of movies, not
only in French ones. Even though Bertoni vehicles came our way
as often as those of the more famous Italian automobile
designers he never reached reputation of them because their
works bear names significantly more noted than Citroen in
these days. And, supposed ordinary passenger cars just don't
attract as much attention as super sports cars.
Connoisseurs of European vehicles should know the name Flaminio
Bertoni and if you are one of those too, we just like to seduce
to visit the English pages on the website dedicated to the
creator of France' most famous automobile sculptures.