Recently, the word "epic" has taken the place of "awesome" as grossly-overused-superlative. I'm not a huge fan of such abuse, as the gravity of the word has been greatly diminished. However, when talking about the design of the Bertoni/Lefèbvre masterpiece that is the DS, epic is barely appropriate and actually a bit of an understatement. It does have epic mechanical shortcomings, but those are more-than made up for by its epic presence and epic road manners. Not even the most epic forward-thinking modern marque would have the epic balls to turn out something as epic as the DS.
On the day the DS debuted at the 1955 Paris Motor Show, 12,000 orders were placed.
12,000 epic orders.
Santa Fe, NM
Leno's DS Restoration
Photo: Bill Stengel