10k: Broken Fish Hook: 1972 Citroën DS Break Wagon

The subject of this next feature very nearly became part of the DT fleet, but Fortuna’s wheel spun a bearing and someone else got this beauty.  The plan was simple, I’d pickup a
classic French wagon as penance for the various Francophobic philippics
written on the pages of this site. I’d even spoken with the seller and arranged to go take a look at it, but the suddenly, like a woman who had sobered up after giving out her number at a darkened night club, the seller stopped returning my calls, text messages, faxes, singing telegrams, and hired goonsZut alors, sacrebleu, saperlipopette! Voleur! If you stole this French fry oil sprung 7-seater from me, fess up in the comments!  Find this 1972 Citroën DS Break Wagon offered no more for $8,900 in Long Beach, CA via craigslist.

The  Citroën DS was released way back in 1955, a joint Italian/French endeavor with styling by Flaminio Bertoni and engineering by André Lefèbvre.  You’ve undoubtedly seen a DS parked on the side of the road with deflated suspension looking like a beached porpoise, but in her heyday, she was a goddess.  The DS used a complex system of oleopneumatic (oil-air) suspension instead of springs and oil shocks.  Pressurized nitrogen spheres at each corner and a 175 bar oil pump work with a magical set of valves to allow a huge amount of suspension travel and variable spring/damping rates depending on road conditions and body movement.  It was all very complicated and expensive to repair, but when it worked it was sublime.

Citroën sold over 1.5 million examples of the D-series cars (DS, and ID) all over the world between 1955 and 1975, but a surprisingly limited number are still seen driving around the roads in North America.  The fact that the DS cost about as much as a Corvette or W108 Mercedes in 1970 and offered the performance of a Volkswagen is certainly part of the limited numbers, but DS was more than just a set of performance statistics.  It was a French supercar, built to traverse cobble stone roads while keeping passengers blissfully unaware of the crumbling local infrastructure (perfect for modern day Los Angeles).  When properly maintained the DS is a sublime highway car that gobbles up the road with a comfort level that will have your W108 driving friends green with envy when they stop for gas.

I’m really not upset that someone purchased this Navy colored wagon (this is technically a Brake the 6th and 7th passenger rear seats split left/right in the back) but I just want to know if you’ve kept up with the maintenance since this weekend (any big repair bills from Pierre’s House of Citroën & Crepes yet?) and when you will be delivering it to my house.

Just hand over the keys and pickup this envelope full of cash.  No one will get hurt.  There has been too much violence. Too much pain. But I have an honorable compromise. Just walk away.

Give me your pump, the vegetable oil, the repair bills, and the whole DS, and I’ll spare your lives. Just walk away and we’ll give you a safe passageway in the wastelands. Just walk away and there will be an end to the horror.

I await your answer. You have a full day to decide.


Lord Humungus