The Weirdness Overcomes You: 1969 Citroen DS Wagon

ds wagon for saleCitroen. Aside from an unfortunate English translation associating it with an idiomatic expression for a fault-laden automobile, the name is synonymous with different. They went front wheel drive when no one else did. While others rocked good ‘ol springs and shocks, in very un-French fashion decided that passivism was no the way to approach suspension design. While we’re at it, how many spokes does a steering wheel really need, anyway?
Like Lady Gaga, this wagon calls to you with its mix of mild attractiveness and total batshit insanity.

ds wagon for saleHonestly, we’re surprised Citroen even uses normal threaded hex headed bolts to hold this thing together. We’re certain a seven-sided bolt was proposed, only to be non-ed by cost concerns.

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Friday rants aside, you could be the proud (?) owner of this ’69 DS21, should you furnish the necessary funds to meet the reserve. As of right now, we know that’s more than $3500. Our one-owner example’s being sold by his survivors, and has been in storage since 1985. Not surprisingly, it doesn’t run and the exhaust was accidentally removed while they loaded it on the trailer with the suspension completely lowered.

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Looking the detail shots, it really does appear to be in great original “survivor” condition. We really dig that weird rear window shade/tinting. Head on over to eBay Motors and bask in the absurdity.

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  1. Jo_Schmo Avatar

    I see nothing weird about this.

  2. dragon951 Avatar

    Question: What does it translate to?
    Statement: Lady Gaga has man parts, and is wholly unappealing. Don't shame this DS by grouping it with him/her.

    1. dukeisduke Avatar

      I would agree. Her ammeter of appeal swings all the way over to the "-" side (the batshit insanity side).

    2. dwegmull Avatar

      The French word for lemon is citron. When you see a Citroen driving fast in France you call it "un citron pressé". It is a word play on "pressé" which can mean either squeezed (like a lemon) or being in a hurry…

      1. Sixtyover Avatar

        So "a squeezed Lemon"
        sounds like a winner to me

  3. muthalovin Avatar

    This, for me at least, is the win of Friday. The rear seats are win enough, but that funkified window tint completes it. Citroen Wagon Win.

  4. damnelantra™[!] Avatar

    you non-hat tipping jackass!

    1. tiberiuswise Avatar

      Just going with the French motif I guess.

      1. dwegmull Avatar

        Maybe he should tip his stereotypical béret instead…

    2. Tim Odell Avatar
      Tim Odell

      Apologies, mon ami.

  5. dukeisduke Avatar

    I guess the driver's not supposed to operate the radio, without a passenger there to argue about the choice of station? And it must have humiliated the French to buy Blaupunkt radios, from the Germans. The Pioneer FM Cassette is cool, though.
    Back in the '60s, I actually knew people that had those screens on their car windows. The side windows *and* the rear glass.

  6. mdharrell Avatar

    Yay trailer hitch! I've never seen one on a DS wagon before.

  7. longrooffan Avatar

    I'd Hoon this in a heartbeat. Having driven my Dad's 72 DS sedan back in the day, I know first hand that radio is damn near impossible to adjust from the driver's seat, even for a 16 year old. But, alas, the perception of ownership is much more desirable than actually owning this longroof.

  8. tonyola Avatar

    No question that this is a mega-cool car, but I fear it's one of those that will be better to own in theory than in actual practice. As far as I'm concerned, the only practical way to own a DS is to get the very best one you can find and damn the cost. Unless you're an expert mechanic and have ready access to parts, a "project" Citroen will be an endlessly frustrating and wallet-gobbling experience. And, yes, those type of window screens used to be quite popular, particularly in wagons.

    1. hagen Avatar

      And you may want to check out some matching recovery vehicles:

  9. From_a_Buick_6 Avatar

    I for one take offense to comparing this to Lada Gaga. Yeah, it's weird, but in a better, David Bowie sort of way.

    1. tonyola Avatar

      If I have to compare this to anyone, I'd say Lene Lovich – irrepressibly European, charmingly quirky, and finally strangely compelling.

  10. dmilligan Avatar

    There's a whole lot of ugly going on with that car. You could say it's sloppin' over with ugly. uuu-goo-lee.

    1. austinminiman Avatar

      You should probably leave.

      1. dmilligan Avatar

        Leave? Why, because I called an ugly car ugly? I don’t hate it, I just think it’s ugly.

      2. Tim Odell Avatar
        Tim Odell

        Everyone play nice in the sandbox.
        Only I (and my goon squad) get to tell people to leave.

        1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
          Jeff Glucker

          I am no goon… I am more of a buffoon…

  11. TurboBrick Avatar

    Speaking of bolts, the last time I looked at a somewhat recent Citroen I noticed that those Gitanes smoking bastards had used allen bolts for everything. I wouldn't be surprised if they've moved on to something more curious like external Torx fasteners on the DS3.

  12. dustin_driver Avatar

    Weird?! This is one of my dream cars.

  13. marque911 Avatar

    Fascinating cars, but I’ve never had the urge to own one. Masochism jest ain’t ma thang. I never knew that the rear rear seat layout was like that. How French can ya get?

  14. zeussy Avatar

    I see your Citroen DS Wagon, and raise you a DS ute, or a Citroen DSamino:

  15. Van Sarockin Avatar
    Van Sarockin

    This is precisely the car to get me where I'm going. Because where I'm going, sanity is just a frivolous burden.
    I can just imagine the design meetings: "Has anyone ever tried this approach? They have! Well, then we must do the opposite, but with exacting art. Don't worry, you'll understand when it's done."

  16. tom Avatar

    Hey that's my car and it's the most unique car I have ever seen! Thanks for devoting a page to the 69 ds. It was weird when I found this page

  17. hollander Avatar

    hmmm, obviously the author has issues with “things different” or most probably “more things i can’t afford”. the Citroen DS vehicles were some of the most reliable and modern cars of the time, and this model was built for 20 years with very little changes during that time. look at the crap they are building today….and just what do you drive? or are you too embarrassed to mention it 😉 surely the latter. the front wheel drive, hydraulic suspension, seating, and many other things about this car are revolutionary. or, i guess if you are like the author here and are more worried about what others think when they see him as opposed to actually driving one or even looking at driver’s reviews then go ahead….buy a cheap ass geo or ford focus. or any american car from the mid-eighties. hmmmm…but those are “diposable” cars…

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    in BTTF 2 it was used as flying taxis lol

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  25. HSJ Avatar

    Is this a type of car that one should buy?

    1. muthalovin Avatar

      Yes, this is absolutely a type of car that one should buy.

  26. james Avatar

    none of you know what you are talking about.
    Iam 76 pensioner and have owened 11 citroens from gs,id and ds.I worked on every inch of the cars myself and they are without doubt the most beautifully designed motor vehicle ever.
    I broke a winscreen on the way to a water ski weekend.all we did was wind all the windows up and no wind entered the car through the front gaping hole at 60 mph.also when and if you have a front on, the car is designed to lift up at the front and move over the top of the other car,thus saving your life.I am moving to france to buy and live on a canal boat for good.if you read the comments here you know why I'm going.