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Tuesday, August 25 2020
History, Hollywood, and The Wall Street Journal -- Starring the Citroen DS 19

The Citroen DS 19 remains near the top of most collector's lists of cars to own. Its design is called futuristic, and its performance and ride often receive the credit for President Charles de Gaulle of France surviving an assassination attempt on his life in August 1962.

According to the Wall Street Journal in 2015, "Sixty years after its introduction at the Paris Auto Show [in 1955], the futuristic, perfectly Gallic Citroën DS 19 (D series from 1955-75) retains the ability to wow. The DS was the most technically gifted automobile of its time and the most quintessentially modern. It scorned all that was familiar in prewar design—big, exposed wheels, low roofs, strong shoulders and commanding chrome grilles—in favor of something utterly new, at least outside the realm of pulp science fiction."

The 1973 movie, The Day of the Jackal, which chronicles the aftermath of the 1962 assassination attempt on DeGaulle, features the Citroen's unarmored outstanding performance in the opening scenes of the movie.

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(Image: The Day of the Jackal DVD cover. Citroen DS 19 at Chalon sur Saone. Guillaume Vachey.

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