1969 Citroën ID.

July 20, 2013

20 comments
1969 Citroën ID.
1969 Citroën ID.
1969 Citroën ID.

20 comments:

Sämi said...

My favorite car! But the european version of the front is nicer.

Spiff said...

Tony, this is more likely a 1965-67 model. A 1968-72 model for the US market (and the fixed, uncovered headlights make this a US-market car) would have some sort of side marker lights or reflectors, and a '72 (the final year in the US) would have amber turn signals atop the rear window.

Amazing how modern the goddess still looks, considering she debuted in 1955. Another great find!

Anonymous said...

The Americans borrowed styling cues from jets and rockets. The French apparently gained inspiration from a street sweeper.

Tony Piff said...

thanks, spiff! i edited the title.

one of my favorite details about this post is the well kept but tastefully updated midcentury-modern home in the background. what a perfect automotive accessory.

SeattleO said...

Oh, yeah, check out that planter in the front yard! Hmm, white, and extremely "modern". Sound familiar?
I've always liked DS's, but more for their weirdness. Only recently have I began to appreciate the beauty of this design. Love the long, fluid bullet shape that isn't broken even by the rear wheels.

Anonymous said...

mid-century home in the background - check.

very nice combo. probably hipster-consciousness.

Moltenburn said...

One of my Dream cars, except I want this with Euro Headlights. So far ahead of other manufacturers at the same era. Magnetic auto leveling suspensions and that steering wheel. so fricken Cool. Never ever see these in Colorado.

Greg said...

Actually she's a USA model 1969 ID 19. You can tell by the dashboard, lower seat backs, trim (has wrong high spec Pallas hubcaps); and the lighting is all US regulations. The 'new' 4 headlight front end came in 1968 model year.

Eric Wheeler said...

Still the ugliest car ever produced. What a waste of time, energy, metal, glass, plastic and rubber. If I could I'd buy up every single one in existence just so I could send them through the crusher.

Ben Piff said...

Would love to cruise some Autobahn in one of these, isn't the ride quality of that air suspension supposed to be epic?

@Eric Wheeler, what think you of the Citroen XM?

Tony Piff said...

@greg: thanks for the correction. i've made the edit.

adam.giguere said...

Some hoarder mechanic in my town had a couple of these in his yard for years which turned them into rusty junk

Ctroendork said...

Wow! This is Awesome! This is my car! and Yes it's a 1969 ID-19 and yes it does have Pallas hub caps on it. It's my daily driver. I am restoring a 1968 ID-19 too, which is in my garage. I saw you taking pics of it from my living room. Thank You so much for posting!

Citroendork said...

and no I am not a hipster. Just an old dorky collector. I have owned Citroens since the 80's

Tony Piff said...

ha!

i live just on the other side of 84 and was lurking your car for a while, waiting for the right light and composition.

i wonder if you heard my impatient kids wailing in my idling pickup...

Citroendork said...

Tony I did! Also in my 'hood is a parked Super Bee, Starksy and Hutch Torino,66 Charger,69 Corona, 59 Galaxie

Dave said...

These cars were incredibly ahead of their time- the styling, the pneumatic suspension. Eric W., remember the French helped the US win our independence, sold us roughly 1/3 of the continental US, gave us the Statue of Liberty. It is with penultimate panache and irony that I say "oh- and one more thing....."- Columbo drove a Peugeot!

Eric Wheeler said...

@ Ben: I my opinion every single car Citroen has ever built is ugly as crap and should never have been built. The XM is just an updated, sharp angled and wedgie shaped DS. It looks like a lack & Decker dustbuster. God I hate french cars.

Anonymous said...

last seen parked in Portland, OR (sellwood)

Anonymous said...

when you say I hate French cars you say I know nothing because the brands Delage, Bugatti, Delahaye, Facel-Vega, Voisin Talbot Lago, Hotchkiss, Salmson are among the most beautiful cars in the world ... are French! !