The DS 19 (Goddess) was the first DS proposed by CitroŽn for the 1956 model year. It appeared at the Paris Motor Show in October 1955. This version introduced an iconic innovative shape combining advanced technology, particularly in the various hydraulic assists incorporated into the vehicle (adjustable suspension, steering, power brakes and hydraulic transmission).
At this stage, the DS was not yet in its final configuration and some elements would be modified for series production that would take place three months later: triangular rubber protection were added for the wheels and the chrome tail lights were removed. The early cars have some lovely features including an interesting dash configuration, flame shaped reflectors and fishtail central exhaust.
The CitroŽn DS 19 is a front wheel drive vehicle. This early model has a four cylinder 1900cc engine with a rare hydraulic 4 speed gearbox. The now iconic body was designed by Flaminio Bertoni.
This is one of only a hand-full of known early examples in the world. The car has undergone a sympathetic restoration with the utmost care taken to preserve as much patina and as many of the original materials as realistically possible. The hydraulic systems, brakes, steering, ride control and gearshift have been completely stripped down and renovated. The body and panels were stripped, blasted and repainted in the cars original colour. The interior has been sympathetically restored to the original condition and colour combination. This car is a work of art; it not only looks fantastic but is a lovely car to drive.
DS19, The goddess design started before WWII and it was first presented at the Paris Motor Show in 1955. This took the motoring world by storm, 80,000 orders were taken in the first week. The DS was awarded the best car of the 20th century after the Model T and the Mini.
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Citroen ID 19 1958 project car.
The Citroen ID is from the first year of delivery of the ID19, the first month of 1958. The ID has black paint, white roof and cloth interior. The car has a 1911 CC .....