In 1955, first saw the light of one of the most iconic of the Citroën, which was the model called the DS (its name in French, the law of the DéeSse, which means goddess, the gods), the result of the inspiration of the genius of the Italian Flaminio Bertoni.
Four years later, in 1959, the house, the French launched the DS19 Prestige, defined as “a luxurious office on wheels” and capable of raising the bar of facilities offering, the first car series in the world, the system of the radiotelephone (in the beginning the service was limited only to the region of Paris).
the way of The luxury French had been drawn, and in 1964 came to the market the new exclusive finish named “Pallas”. Pallas Athena, goddess of war and wisdom, was the mythological figure who inspired the show “top of the range” of the DS19 (then extended to the DS20, 21, and 23, and on the GS, CX up to XM, and C6), giving life to a version that is even more comfortable, thanks to the spacious seats with the seat backs raised, a special interior lighting to great effect and the best thermal and acoustic insulation.
This “special edition” was presented as a car more luxurious, with a passenger compartment, without metal parts not coated, with leather interior available at request, and high quality wool carpet, with a charm living room luxury complemented by special livery with metallic Gris Palladium (reserved for Pallas), with profiles of bumper in satin-finished steel, wheel covers-specific, and a pair of headlights additional long-range lamps, to jodio.
setting up Pallas, also available as an option on the Prestige (which took the name of the DS Prestige Pallas) and standard on the Cabriolet, accompanied by the “Goddess” for the rest of his career, becoming a synonym of “luxury item”, so much so that the French young people between the end of the ‘60s and the mid ‘70s, began to define “c'est plus Pallas!” all of the things that is particularly elegant or sumptuous.
The production went on until April of 1975, and the last DS output from the chains of mounting of the headquarters in paris, the Quai de Bleach it was a 23 Pallas.
To report that in 1964 the finishing Pallas also introduced technical changes to the DS, such as, for example, the two front headlights, the long-range (“Boule” because of their spherical form), manufactured by Cibié and Marchal for Citroën, and then progressively made available as an optional extra for all models up to ’67, when the new front with the headlights reels (the last touch of Flaminio Bertoni), he integrated this innovation with the system of directional orientation, connected to the movement of the steering wheel.
The DS Pallas was the most popular among the DS and in Italy, “Pallas” was a synonym of DS to the point that from 1970 on our market, the model we most popular DS20 was only available in the version of Pallas and the combination with the transmission by hydraulic control. (m.r.)
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