In 1955, Citroën unveiled the groundbreaking ‘DS,’ featuring advanced hydro-pneumatic suspension, power brakes, clutch, and steering. Initiated in the 1930s by Pierre-Jules Boulanger, this car aimed to provide both comfort on rough roads and stability at high speeds. It set new standards in ride quality that few could match for years.
In 1965, a new engine replaced the original, and further innovations included swiveling headlights, fuel injection, and a five-speed gearbox. The DS range included simplified models like the ID, a spacious Safari estate, and the two-door Décapotable convertible, crafted by Henri Chapron.
Chapron initially produced convertibles independently and later collaborated with Citroën. Citroën’s own cabriolets were built on the sturdy ID Break chassis. Technical advancements mirrored those of the saloon. Convertible production ceased in 1971, with 1,365 factory convertibles made with either the DS19 or DS21 engine between 1960 and 1971.