A year-long celebration for the 60th anniversary of the DS kicks off with a display of new and classic models at the London Classic Car Show

Citroën has begun its year-long celebration of the 60th anniversary of the DS with a display at the inaugural London Classic Car Show.

Bek Hassan, brand director of Citroën/DS, said: "The classic DS reaches an incredible landmark year in 2015. As we celebrate 60 years of DS – which it’s fair to say has helped shape modern day motoring – it seems very fitting for us to start a year of celebrations at the London Classic Car Show."

The display comprises of two classic DS21s – a 1972 Prestige and a rare 1966 Décapotable with coachwork by Henri Chapron – and a DS3 and a DS5 from the modern range.

A parade of DS models will also be taking to the show's 'Grand Avenue' throughout the weekend. This line-up features the DS5 used by President Hollande at his inauguration, an ID21 Safari, a DS Group V rally prototype and an ID19.

Citroën says that over 500,000 of the new DSs have been sold worldwide since the revival of the brand in 2008 – with UK DS sales accounting for almost 95,000 of that total.

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10 January 2015
Extremely cynical but transparent. The only thing that the modern DSs have in common with the classic one are the two letters. To try to connect their design is dishonest. I should have thought that the launch of a beautiful, powerful and innovative DS6 would be high on the agenda for this year. Must be time for Hollande to have a new car before he ends up with a Mercedes.

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