The re-definitive facelift: 1968 Citroën DS
Further to today’s piece on the Studebaker Starliner’s lamentable fall from grace, how on earth does one attempt to facelift a design of the Citroën DS’ magnitude?
The prospect must have scared Citroën design chief, Robert Opron witless, given that he was not only filling the shoes of the Désse’s architect; the enigmatic Flaminio Bertoni, but restyling what had by the mid-1960’s, become an icon.
Fortunately, Opron proved more than capable, and despite abortive attempts to restyle the rear, the 1968 facelift of the DS not only honoured the original, but enhanced it. So well integrated were the new headlamp units that it swiftly became almost impossible to envisage any other arrangement. To many eyes, (including my own), the facelifted version has been and will always remain the definitive DS. ‘Chapeau’, Mr Opron.