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Quand vous avez dit ęCitroŽnĽ, vous avez tout dit*

*When you have said "CitroŽn, there is nothing more to say."

This was the advertising strapline used in the Sixties by CitroŽn Cars Limited in Britain to sell the ID and DS which were built in their factory in Slough, to the west of London.

Below the DS on show at the London Motor Show in 1955

CitroŽn DS

The English Goddesses were different from the French cars in a number of respects. The most obvious being the steering wheel on the right with left hand gearchange on the ID.

CitroŽn ID 19 built in Slough CitroŽn ID 19 built in Slough

Above Slough built ID 19 1961 (this car belonged to my Father)

Above Slough built ID 19 circa 1963

CitroŽn ID 19 built in Slough

Furthermore, manual cars for the UK market, whether built in Slough or France always had a hand operated parking brake - only three pedals! 

Once the Slough factory stopped building cars, they were imported from France but remained different in detail from the domestic product - ID and manual DS models had a handbrake and all cars were fitted with the pťdalo footbrake and round rear lights.

`Well, what's so strange about that?' owners of British cars might ask. Late model LHD IDs had four pedals - the parking brake was foot operated. A conventional footbrake pedal was fitted instead of the pťdalo.

CitroŽn D built in Slough
CitroŽn ID 19 built in Slough CitroŽn DS 19 built in Slough

Above ID 19 circa 1960

Above DS 19 circa 1959

CitroŽn DS 19 built in Slough

Further additional differences were the lightly restyled front bumper - necessary to ensure that the number plate was vertical to comply with British law (this feature was retained when the first restyling took place in 1963) and the fitting of a CitroŽn badge on the bonnet.

The full story of CitroŽn's UK operations is told in John Reynold's book "From A to X ~ 75 years of CitroŽn in the UK "

Above Slough built DS 19 1964 - this car also belonged to my Father

Below 1956 publicity - click to see large image

Click to see large image
© 1997 Julian Marsh