Weird but great: The Citroën DS
The Citroën DS is probably the weirdest looking car of these considered as the most beautiful one by many. (I hope this sentence is understandable)
But its weirdness makes the DS unique, no other car has ever looked like it.
Besides its outstanding looks the DS is also known for being very advanced for a car of its time. Especially the hydropneumatic suspension combined with a high pressure hydraulic system is considered as an ingenious invention. But of course there are other innovations on the DS, most famously the steering headlights on the facelift model.
Its special suspension system not only caused the Citroën to glide along comfortably, but also made it able to drive around at high speed with three wheels. With this technique it even saved the life of former French president Charles de Gaulle, when it was able to drive away from terrorist even though one wheel was shot to pieces.
A true life saver.
But since this is a DS, I have to come back to the looks now. They were modern by any standards, but especially for a Citroën, since its direct predecessor was the very old-fashioned looking Traction Avant.
Not only from the outside the DS looked very modern and unusual, the interior looked that way as well, mainly because of the single-spoke steering wheel that seems to crawl out of the handlebar.
Stepping out of the car again it won't be long until you notice the very elegantly shaped blinkers. It's astonishing that they're one of the party pieces of the DS, since they were a last-minute stopgap, fitted when someone noticed that the finished design had no rear indicators.
This Solido model of the D Spécial, which can be identified by the white roof, isn't exactly a high quality item. But while apart from the doors no other parts can be opened, the model has all the details needed to transform the uniqueness of the DS into 1/18 scale.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed it.