Welcome to my CitroŽn 'Goddess' page
Sadly, she is now for sale
DS is a pun on the French word dťesse, meaning goddess.
Released at the Paris Motor Show of 1955, the DS was amazingly advanced for its time, using technology and design that had taken CitroŽn 20 years to develop (in secret).
My first memories of a DS are from my early childhood in the fifties when a local shopkeeper parked his pale coloured DS outside his high street shop. Most cars at that time were black, maroon or bottle green and not at all like the streamlined DS, which was more like something from a Dan Dare comic.
Naturally, this was my 'dream car' and remained so through my teenage years. Even then I knew I just had to own one.
I bought my first DS as soon as I finished college and got a full time, paid job. I was twenty one and had a very limited budget. For £250 I bought a 1963 model: just seven years old but rotten as a pear. Everything worked though and it was a very special car to drive or indeed travel in, especially on long journeys which I did many of. I loved the car but the extensive rust made it a bit of a liability so I only had it for a year or so. As I recall it was (ironically for a French car) British Racing Green or very similar, with a cream roof. Regrettably I have no pictures of her.
I think I have always known I would have another Goddess but over the years made do with a number of lesser (but nevertheless splendid) CitroŽns, most of them with the hydropneumatic suspension (a GS Club Estate and later a number of BXs). I have had a good many other cars too (see 50 years) but suspect that I have done many more miles in CitroŽns than in all the other makes put together. My everyday car since December 2009 has been a Xsara Picasso HDi, itself the direct result of a CitroŽn Concept car the Xanae: great car and incredibly practical but a bit boring alongside the 'DS21'.
My current 'DS' started life in 1972 as a 'D Spťcial' but was later rebuilt as a Morton Stockwell DS21 (see below).
By the seventies, the variety and designation of models was confusing to say the least. D Spťcials & D Supers evolved from the ID models which had a manual gearbox, conventional clutch & brake pedals and no power steering. The power braking and headlights on IDs were a little less sophisticated than on DSs but the D Spťcials & D Supers seem to be a little nearer to the DS with options including power steering and self levelling, directional lighting.
My car is now a 'Morton Stockwell DS21', having been refurbished by Carrosserie Boulesteix in Angouleme in 1990 (commissioned by Morton Stockwell of Camden Town). It left them with power steering, self levelling, directional headlights, 2175 cc engine & five speed manual gearbox, in black coachwork and black leather 'Pallas' upholstery. I suspect that most of the '1990 on' car originated from a French sourced DS with a very limited input (such as the rhd specific bits and the 'chassis plate') from the UK registered D Spťcial that it purports to be.
Anyway, it has been well cared for since 1990 and although it has had a great many 'age-related' repairs, including welding and new panels, the work has been a rolling restoration rather than an extended period 'off the road'. I have a 'paper trail' from December 1990 to the present that includes MOTs and/or tax discs for nearly all of those years. The (current) odometer went 'over the top' in 1991 and showed 53,400 at my purchase (August 2013). It is impossible to know how much of the original car still exists or what mileage it has covered but the current engine has done slightly more than the 'indicated' mileage since the 1990 restoration.
While not concours by any means, she is a presentable car that gets lots of interest and attention on the road and at local Classic Car events.
Unfortunately, she is yet another distraction from the canal boat that I am (very slowly) fitting out so I've done very few miles in her this year.
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