TURN SIGNAL SWITCH. For 1965 models, USA ID19’s and wagons would finally get the same turn signal switch that DS19’s in the USA were using (P/N DW 522 05b). This switch has a black (or perhaps dark gray) knob and was still unique for the USA since it still had no internal flasher and no passing flasher function. I think that Canadian cars matched USA cars for turn signal switches.  

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For 1965, ID19's finally receive the same turn signal switch that USA DS19's were using 

TAIL LIGHTS. In November of 1964 (which means most 1965’s), the tail lamps on USA DS19’s and ID19’s changed from the Lucas twist-off lamps to Lucas lamps where the lens was held on with two Pozidriv screws. I think that Canadian cars received this change at the same time.

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Greg Long

Lucas twist-off lamps used before Nov 1964

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Chris Dubuque

Lucas lamps with lenses held on with screws for 1965 and on



Citroën had cold weather options available for the DS/ID since the early 1960's, mainly consisting of a supplemental heater and a cable-operated flap to block air flow to the radiator. By the mid-1960's they were calling these options the -5C, -15C, or -20C cold weather options, each with different details. 

There are a few scant pieces of evidence that suggest Canadian cars received the -15C option as standard equipment in 1965, such as that contained in two Montreal Gazette newspaper articles; HERE and HERE.


We think that all Canadian DS's, ID's from 1965-1972 had the -15C option as standard equipment.



Rear seat heater behind rear backrest

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Cable-operated flap in radiator duct

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Knob and chain under dash to operate flap

In addition to the -15C option, Citroën claims to have incorporated a unique production process in 1965 for DS's intended for the Canadian market. This included something they called a "..graphite undercoating..." and that cars for the Canadian market were now "...fully rust-proofed..."

I guess it didn't work...

For the wagons, the auxiliary heaters are very rare and there seems to have been a number of different versions. Someday I would like to have a complete story of the -15C wagon heaters in Canada, but until I do, you can see some of them on the fantastic nuancierDS.fr website, HERE and HERE



In the General Differences '56-'65 section, we noted that ID19's and wagons in the USA and Canada had a unique rear view mirror that was larger than the Euro version and had a DAY/NIGHT function. The use of a special mirror for North American cars was probably due to a SAE rear visibility requirement. This mirror was sourced in the USA and we think was installed as a port-installed part once the cars were on North American shores. 

Well, by 1965 Citroën finally offered their own rear view mirror for ID19's and wagons that met USA/Canadian requirements. This mirror was in the parts books and is identified by DM 551-3a (still unique for North American cars, Euro 1965 ID's/wagons used DM 551-3e). Frankly it looks just like other mirrors used on DS's in this era but due to the unique part number, something was different! But this mirror only lasted a year as by 1966, they changed it again! 

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USA rear view mirror on 1965 ID's/Wagons