My earliest memory of the Citroën DS was in 1967, when I was 12 years old.
I had read an article in a newspaper about the ‘new’ DS, which had just been launched.
I probably missed all the hyperbole about the magic-carpet ride and the semi-automatic gearchange, but what caught my eye was that this was the first car to have steering headlights.
Little did I know that it was the latest version of a car that had been around since 1955.
I’d had a notion of owning a DS for quite a while, but as prices and potential restoration costs for the model rose I thought the chance had passed me by.
Then, in November 2013, an acquaintance told me that he had an old 1967 DS21 Pallas with a semi-automatic gearbox lying in his garage.