RIO RIO4171P 1958 Citroen DS 19 Prestige with Pope John XXIII (1:43 Scale)
"Look at the people entrusted to you and listen to their voices. What do they seek? What do they implore of you? Not these new monstrous instruments of war which our times have produced and which can annihilate us all -- not these, but peace."
- Pope John XXIII, in his first public address after being elected Pope, October 1958
The Citroen DS (also known as Duesse, or Goddess, after the punning initials in French) was an automobile produced by the French manufacturer Citroen between 1955 and 1975. The DS is well-known for its futuristic, aerodynamic body design, and for its innovative technology (including its hydropneumatic suspension system).
The DS advanced the achievable standards in terms of ride quality, roadholding, handling, and braking in an automobile. Automotive journalists of the time often noted that competitors took decades to adapt to the higher standards it set. The smooth, aerodynamic body lines gave the car a futuristic appearance. While it looked very unusual in 1955, public tastes appear to have caught up with the DS in the post-Ford Taurus/Audi 100 era.
After 18 years of development in secret as the successor to the venerable Traction Avant, the DS 19 was introduced on October 5th, 1955, at the Paris Motor Show. The car's appearance and innovative engineering captured the imagination of the public and the automobile industry almost overnight. 743 orders were taken in the first 15 minutes of the show, and orders for the first day totaled 12,000.
Far from being just a fascinating technology in search of a purpose, contemporary journalists were effusive in noting how the DS dramatically pushed the envelope in the ride handling compromise possible in a motor vehicle.
This particular 1:43 scale replica of a 1958 Citroen DS 19 Prestige features Pope John XXIII standing alongside his ride. Special Order!
Length: 5 inches
Width: 1.5 inches