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I love the design of this famous car and this is the right place for it.

The story of the DS is akin to the quest for perfection. In the early 1950s, André Lefebvre, chief designer of Citroën vehicles, dreamt of creating a new car. But not simply a car with a new suspension system or sumptuous fittings and trim. What André Lefebvre had in mind was a totally new car. He wanted a car with a revolutionary design and technology.

The DS was unveiled at the 1955 Paris Motor Show after years of research and hard work. Without a doubt, it was THE car of the show as visitors flocked to stare at this unbelievable UFO. The DS was the subject of fierce debate; some seeing it as a space ship, others as a technological jewel in an avant-garde case.

The DS certainly had some heavyweight arguments in its favour: hydraulic suspension, exceptional road holding, unrivalled comfort and stunning lines.

In background the old church of San Marco in the district of Brera. In this church the world premiere of the Giuseppe Verdi Requiem took place on May 22, l874. Verdi himself conducted a chorus of 120 singers and an orchestra of l00 musicians, with soloists from La Scala. Although the premiere of the Requiem took place in a church, it was not meant to be a church service, but rather a public tribute to Manzoni. Verdi used the ancient words of the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead, a liturgy filled with images of fire, light, darkness, Heaven and Hell. He selected the texts he wanted, and he re-arranged them when he deemed it necessary in order to heighten the drama of the work. He was faithful to the meaning of the text, but through his music he went beyond the words to release the feelings they evoke, from wrenching terror to wondrous peace.

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Additional Photos by Gae La Rocca (Zanni) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 152 N: 1266] (6108)
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