Hammond's icons: Citroen DS
Richard dons his beret, munches some garlic and practises his Gallic shrug... the Citroen DS has arrived
Posted: 04 Jan 2013
The narrow steering wheel and widely spaced controls add to the sensation that this is something unlike anything else. It can reach 107mph, although the 2.2-litre, 4cyl engine will struggle to get to 60 in less than 15 seconds. That said, it's had its moments of excitement: De Gaulle was in one when would-be assassin Jean-Marie Bastien-Thiry shot out two tyres, but de Gaulle escaped because the clever suspension allowed the car to carry on at full tilt. That was quite a piece of advertising. Not that I'm suggesting Monsieur Bastien-Thiry worked for Citroen, obviously.