Monday, 2 July 2012

Citroën DS Rally Prototype

At first glance, this appears to be a regular early-seventies Citroën DS in rally livery. However, take a look at the sharply angled roofline and chopped tail: this is no ordinary DS...
Based on a 1972 DS 21, this car has had 60cm chopped from the wheelbase, with a blunt tail and reprofiled roof to suit the new dimensions. Prepared to Group V specifications, it was live-tested in the '72 TAP Rally in Portugal, driven by Romaozinho and Bernado. The project was subsequently halted, with works-team focus shifting to the the SM breadvan rally car, and today this peculiar DS exists as a showpiece, doing the rounds at such events as Rétromobile and the Goodwood Festival of Speed (where SuckSqueezeBangBlow spotted it). Rather spectacular, isn't it?

1 comment:

Jack Yan said...

A lot better looking than the SM breadvan, too!