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    It was so good that you had to look out when you changed from a tar covered "départementale"(small roads in the countryside) to an earth and stones one which were quite common in those times around farms and small villages. You didn't feel the difference but it could get costly on the tires !!!

    Those brakes earn their reputation because there wasn't a pedal but a button (as in old Packards for switching headlights), most drivers weren't used to that and on highways, because of the aerodynamics (Cx) of the car and the suspension, they stopped very short, getting all the other models piling behind it !

    Of course there are other "famed" Citroën's model, as the 2 CV or the "Traction avant" not to speak of the "Auto chenille" that went through Africa (La croisière noire) and through the Himalayas (La croisière jaune)!

    In those times the DS was quite a symbol, and won countless African or Australian rallies for years ! A 2CV went from Canada to the Tierra del Fuego and the same two blokes drove from Paris to Pekin later... Quite some epic adventures for those cars !

    "What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night" A.E. Housman

    by Margouillat on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 04:53:57 PM PDT

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