The Citroen DS is all about style and still retains that quality today, over 30 years after it left production.
Inspired by the sculptor Flaminio Bertoni, the car was way ahead of the game when it launched in 1955. The sweeping design is possible by the removal of the radiator grille, integration of the headlights and curves in both the front and rear windows. And then there’s the hydro-pneumatic suspension, designed to cope with the unpredictable French road system, rising up to make the passengers feel like they’re taking off.
Once they were everywhere, now much less common, even in their native France. And that means higher prices if you want to buy one. Your best bet is getting a left-hand drive from France – expect to pay around £2,000 for a model needing work, £8-10,000 for a reasonable model and £15,000 for a DS in top-notch condition. But prices obviously vary with so many models produced over the car’s 20-year lifespan.
And look after it – it can only go up in value.