When it was new, owning a Citroen DS was like stepping into an other-worldly car from the future. Own one today, as I do, and it’s like having an other-worldly car from the past. From either perspective everything is different, from its single-nut wheel-fixings to its mushroom-sized brake pedal, from its beautiful roof-mounted rear indicators to its alien, single-spoke steering wheel - everything is imaginative, from its conception to its construction.

This car really was the automobile re-invented, its sleek, tapering bodywork quite unlike anything previously seen, its highly complex, micron-accurate hydraulic systems governing suspension, brakes, steering and a semi-automatic gearchange in gentle, sighing harmony.

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All this was wildly pioneering, the DS born of engineers questioning every conventional solution, and rejecting most of them in favour of something alternative and usually, better.