The Citroën DS was launched in 1955 and featured a highly innovative hydropneumatic suspension.
Italian sculptor and industrial designer Flaminio Bertoni and the French aeronautical engineer André Lefèbvre styled and engineered the car. Paul Magès developed the hydropneumatic suspension.
Aside from comfort and road-holding benefits, the suspension system allowed for self-levelling and driver-variable ride height to provide extra clearance in rough terrain.
Noted for its aerodynamic, futuristic body design and innovative technology, the DS placed third in the 1999 Car of the Century poll recognising the world’s most influential auto designs and was named the most beautiful car of all time by Classic & Sports Car magazine.