GENERAL CONFIGURATIONS

DS’s sold in the USA and Canada between 1966 and 1972 had certain traits that were sometimes different on Euro versions.  We believe that the following statements are true for most, if not all, years that DS’s were sold in North America. Please note that at this time, we are only addressing cars from 1966 to 1972.   

 

But before we get started, it is worth clearing up one point of confusion; the difference between model year and manufacturing date. There could be up to a four month difference between a car's model year when the car was manufactured. For example, a 1968 car could have been manufactured anytime between 01 September 1967 and 31 August 1968, and a 1969 car could have been manufactured anytime between 01 September 1968 and 31 August 1969. The parts books sometimes use model year and sometimes use manufacturing date. To further complicate things, the factory often made configuration changes in mid-year, so some features might be different (for example) between an early 1972 car and a late 1972 car. 

Back to our general observations: 

 

  • All DS sedans and wagons sold in the USA (except 1970 D-Specials) had padded carpets.  Some Euro versions had rubber floormats or un-padded carpets.

 

  • All USA cars had full hubcaps (in lieu of the half-size hubcap seen on some Euro models).

 

  • All USA sedans had trunk vinyl, with the exception of the 1970 D-Special. Some Euro versions had painted trunks with no upholstery). 

 

  • All USA sedans had foam trunk lid gaskets in lieu of the rubber strips that some French versions had.

 

  • All USA cars had engine temperature gauges (some Euro versions had blanking plates in the dash instead of a gauge). 

 

  • All USA sedans had stainless steel rear turn signal housings (some Euro versions had plastic housings). 

 

  • All USA cars had 5 mm thick door glass (some Euro versions had 4 mm door glass, usually on the rear side doors). 

  • The plastic embellisher for the Citromatic shift lever was usually different on USA cars, being labeled with an "S" for starter instead of "D" for Demarreur. A few of the very late cars may have been labelled with "START" or even "ENGINE START".

  • Five-speed gearboxes were never officially imported to North America.

 

  • Borg Warner automatic gearboxes were never officially imported to North America.

 

  • Fuel injected DS’s were never officially imported to North America.

 

  • DS23’s and D-Supers were never officially imported to North America.

 

  • DS20 models were sold in Canada, but never in the USA.

 

  • All wagons officially imported to the USA had the folding rear seat and the two small fold-up seats in the cargo area (some Euro versions had different rear seating options). 

 

  • All 1966-1972 DS’s sold in North America had seat belts; initially lap belts, transitioning to 3-point belts, and finally to inertia reel seat belts in late 1972. 

 

  • Tires on sedans and wagons sold in North America were always the same size, front and rear (most Euro versions had narrower tires in the rear). It is not clear whether the few DS convertibles sold in the USA had narrower tires in the rear.

 

  • Most, or perhaps all, Canadian DS’s were delivered with rear seat heaters. 

 

  • April of 1971 is a key date for Canadian models. Nearly every USA modification that had occurred before 4/71 was thrown onto Canadian cars all at once as of this manufacturing date.  In fact, the only difference we can find between Canadian and USA cars after this date are the tires; Michelin XH on USA cars, XAS on Canadian cars.

Full-sized Pallas hubcap - notice the unusual Michelin XH tire found on USA DS’s

Typical USA speedometer and temperature gage on a 1972 DS

Cargo area seat configuration on all DS wagons sold in the USA

Plastic shift gate labelling changed on USA cars from "D" on Euro cars to "S", "START" or "ENGINE START"

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