SPARK-MODEL - CITROEN - DS19 N 201 24h SPA 1964 GUY VERRIER - ALAIN BERTAUT

Scale: 1/43
Carmodel code: CAR178480
Manufacturer code: 100SPA01
Colour: BLUE WHITE
Material: resin
Year: 1964
EAN: 9580006525475

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Presented at the 1955 Paris Motor Show, the Citroen DS19 was a real shock not only for the car itelf but also in socio-cultural terms. Designed by Flaminio Bertoni, its line was absolutely different from everything that had been seen up to that moment and even the technical solutions adopted seemed to belong to the future. In its initial configuration, the “19”, the Citroen DS is considered the purest version, even if collectors appreciate all the variants. The DS19 benefited from various mechanical developments over the years and remained in production until 1968.

Despite not being a sporting model, the Citroen DS and ID enjoyed a certain competitive career, above all thanks to the initiative of René Cotton, himself a former driver, who promoted the use of the various models in competition, until the creation of the Citroen Competition service in 1965. It was in rallies that the DS/ID achieved its best results, with victories at Monte Carlo (1959 and 1966), Tour de Corse (1961 and 1963) and Morocco (1969 and 1970). The DS and derivatives were also seen in track races, such as the 24 Hours of Spa.

By David Tarallo

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