I got myself into real trouble, again!
Recently I was standing by a lovely old 1957 DS 19 currently under going a full restoration. I made the comment that it was a lovely old thing but too gutless for me. Well, as Chicken Little said, the sky fell on my head.
Apparently, as I had never owned and driven one, I would have no idea what they were like and basically I was a prize idiot.
I have mulled over these two situations for some time and have confirmed, to myself, that I disagree with both.I owned, and drove for over 100,000 miles a 1964 ID, a 1973 D Special for over 250,000 miles, a 1972 DSuper 5, over 50,000 miles and a 1973 DS 23 IE bvbw. I think I know quite a bit about driving relatively underpowered Ds. While many referred to my DS 23 as a truck, I would have to say she was a very fast truck and was never embarrassed by another DS, EVER!.
I am currently restoring a 1971 DS 21 IE 5 speed. She will be a lot of fun as well, if I ever get it finished!
Below is a performance comparison of three cars.
I would imagine that even the staunchest lovers of the original DS ( I count myself as one) would have to agree that the 1957 DS is a lovely, gutless old girl.
Are you considering purchasing a Citroen DS?
Remember that the youngest D is 39 years old.
The D was a car of its time and was not really designed to last as long as they have.
Approach your purchase with caution and do not be afraid to ask for help, D owners are generally very keen to assist newbies.
Here is an excellent set of photos of a D restoration from Classic Citroens in the UK.