Classic Race Cars

Citroen DS in motorsport

August 18, 2015

Citroen DS East African Safari Rally -65In addition of being a comfortable road car, Citroen DS also made a successful career in racing.

Just three months after the car was revealed at the Paris Motor Show in 1955, the Citroen DS 19 made its debut in the prestigious Monte-Carlo Rally in January 1956.

Citroen DS was the top-ranking French car, finishing seventh overall and first in the category of cars from 1300 to 2000 cc. All six cars entered in the rally made the finishing line.

In 1959 the team of Coltelloni-Alexandre-Desrosiers drove the Citroen ID 19 to a first-place finish in the overall standings. That same year, the Brand won the Manufacturers’ Cup.

Over the years consistently finished in the top positions. In 1966, the Citroen DS 21 won the Monte-Carlo Rally with the Finnish team of Pauli Toivonen and Ensio Mikander at the wheel.