DS is certainly making headlines in 2015. It has formally split from parent company Citroën, launched its own bespoke model in the form of the facelifted DS 5 and is also celebrating its 60th anniversary.
It's for the last of those reasons that the collection of historic DS models you see above is gathered at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend. The six models on show stretch from the earliest version of the DS, to the model’s glory days in 1960s and the facelift that produced the famous swivelling headlights, as well as the final fuel-injected versions.
Though highly sophisticated, the DS, and the less complex ID, were also hugely popular, with over 1.3 million examples over its 21-year life.
A star of films and fashion shoots alike, the DS not only impressed critics with the clean beauty of its highly original design, but also an engineering approach that reinvented almost every aspect of the car apart from its engine. With that in mind, it's no wonder PSA Peugeot Citroën is keen to rekindle the brand, complete with its new 'Spirit of Avant Garde' tagline.
1957 Citroën DS 19 Berline
The original DS 19 was unveiled at the Paris motor show in 1955, with its reveal to the media timed to coordinate with dozens of examples being driven onto the streets of Paris. The marketing stunt worked, and over 12,000 orders had been placed by the end of the car's first day on sale.
Featuring advanced technology including hydraulic self-leveling suspension, semi-automatic transmission, aerodynamic bodywork, powered steering and disc brakes, the DS's sculptured lines earned it the title of "the most beautiful car of all time" from Classic & Sports Car magazine.