Having produced cabriolets from DS models for its own account since October 1958, the coachbuilder Henri Chapron was commissioned to develop a Citroen DS Cabriolet production model. Following the design of three prototypes, the new car was unveiled in October 1960 at the Paris Motor Show.
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In 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 made its debut at the 1955 Paris Motor Show on Thursday 6 October. The model’s avant-garde body design set a new benchmark immediately. Some 12,000 DS 19 models were sold that day, but by the end of the Paris Motor Show ten days later, some 80,000 firm orders had been taken.
Citroen’s new concept car combines the best of the Citroen DS3 Racing with all the sophistication of the DS3 Cabrio. This is a choice that makes sense since the Citroen DS3 Cabrio is not only easy to customise, it also features optimised architecture (weighing in at just 25 kg more than the hatchback), for an exceptionally lively and agile performance. Citroen Racing know-how also takes centre stage, with special running gear, brakes and carbon kit. And the car maintains the performance of the Racing version, with a 1.6-litre engine developing 202 bhp.
Citroen will continue the DS line story with the reveal of a Citroen DS3 Cabrio at the Paris Motor Show. The DS3, launched just two years ago, has proved an undeniable success, totalling nearly 180,000 registrations. Boasting enhanced personalisation possibilities with a range of roof collections and the Racing, Ultra Prestige and Just Mat models, the Citroen DS3 has played a major part in boosting DS line awareness and success. The new Citroen DS3 Cabrio is above all a real DS3. It features all the strong points behind the success of its sister model, namely bold styling choices, refinement down to the last detail, and instant driving thrills.
The latest addition to the Citroen’s DS-range is the Citroen DS5. The new DS5 looks like a sportier and more stylish edition of the Citroen C5. At the front you notice the double chevron grille and the chrome finished sabres that flow from the top of the headlights to the windscreen. The bonnet section is quite short, but with a huge windscreen, the driver actually sits quite far from the nose of the car. From the front the Citroen DS5 looks more like C5, but from the rear it’s something very different. The roof line starts to drop from B-pillar backwards and the rear overhang is very short. DS5 has a kind of a hatchback rear end which looks a bit funny, until you get used to it. The sporty design is finalized with the dark tinted rear windows and the twin exhaust.
We have been waiting for a long time for Citroen to build a sportier model, that would somehow make use Citroen’s success in the World Rally Championship. There have been some Citroen C4 special models named after Sebastian Loeb, but nothing that would have made our heart beat any faster. The DS3 was the first car for a long time from citroen that got us interested. DS3 offered design and personal styling that Citroen is known for. However, otherwise DS3 was basically C3. Now Citroen Racing have taken the DS3 and upgraded its performance to a whole new level. Unfortunately this new Citroen DS3 Racing is only available as a limited edition.