Automative Beauty

I strolled past this marvel of engineering at the weekend. It is truly a thing of beauty, one of the finest cars ever made. I don’t care how quirky it is, I love it. And I’m not alone – it came third in a poll for Car of the Century. Indeed, if I were more mechanically minded, cash rish and with time on my hands, I’d pick an old DS as a restoration project. Some unkind soul might suggest that the first DS was in need of restoration about five minutes after it came off the production line. French cars have that sort of reputation. Regardless, I have neither the know-how, money nor time to embark on such a project. Instead, I settle for photographing other people’s efforts.

While I’m on the subject of cars, and because I’ll never miss an opportunity to have a poke at the folly of Brexit, here’s another story. In the run up to the referendum, a key selling point of Farage and the Brexiteers was that we’d definitely get a trade deal with the exact same benefits as we already had, because the German car industry would insist upon it. Us on the Remainer side had our doubts – we thought it might be more likely that car manufacturing would simply move to the continent. And then Land Rover moved production of the discovery to Slovakia. Where it will source parts from….the German car industry.

<sarc> Slow handclap </sarc>



5 thoughts on “Automative Beauty

  1. My wife called this car a Citron and says she loved it. It is kind of a cool looking car. It would not travel very far in our far city of Patzcuaro due to its low profile. Some of our streets are starting to get flattened out but most still have too many ruts and bump to allow for this kind of car to travel upon.
    With the Land Rover exiting and support on parts coming from Germany, it would be much longer before other industries follow. So no, things will not ever be the same!

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  2. Always LOVED them… There used to be distributors here in Canada and I always saw them as a kid and decided I would buy one when I was old enough. Unfortunately by then one couldn’t get a Citroen and no parts available so no-one would fix them if something went awry.
    Of course “whathisname” on The Mentalist had one that ran perfectly…


    • I love them too. Our neighbour has one, albeit a 10 year old model, not a classic DS. He’s often out there staring at it. I’d like to tell you that he’s admiring its beauty. But he then spends an hour or two under the bonnet, so I’m guessing it’s simply doing its bit to maintain Citroen’s unfortunate reputation for reliabilty, or lack thereof.


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