It took the Citroen team nearly 18 years to develop this model keeping the project absolute secret as it was meant to be the successor to the popular Traction Avant.
At the 1955 Paris Auto Show, the Citroen DS19 was launched. It is said that in the first 15 minutes they had booked over 700 cars and in the next 10 days there was booking of another 80,000 plus. It was a record that stood firm for over 60 years until as late as 2016 when Tesla's Model 3 beat that number.
The team led by Bertoni (famous automotive designer), Magès and an aeronautical engineer called Lefèbvre developed one of the most aerodynamic designs of the 20th century. Several features provided in this car were an industry first including disc brakes that is today an industry standard.
While the sedan version was a popular hit, Citroen was losing volumes to another segment which was the stationwagon (estate) segment since competitors Renault and Simca had them.
So Citroen asked her Chief Body Designer Pierre Franchiset to design the new estate version. Work for this new model called the Citroen DS Break was entrusted to a well-known coachbuilder Levallois. This model was an immediate hit.
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|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Opening bonnet, boot and doors|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||13 x 7 x 6|
|Color||Red / Brown|