The Citroën DS (pronounced Déesse, like the French word for goddess) was a front-wheel-drive oddity built from 1955-1975. It featured a sophisticated oleopneumatic (oil-air) suspension instead of springs and oil shocks.

Pressurized nitrogen spheres at each corner work in conjunction with a 175 bar oil pump and a magical set of valves to allow a huge amount of suspension travel and variable spring/damping rates depending on road conditions and body movement. It was all very complicated and expensive to repair, but when it worked it was sublime. When it didn't work the DS was abandoned on the side of the road like a dead porpoise, but prices were low for long enough that well equipped hot rodders (in the classic sense) were able to perform some magic on the goddess...El Camagic!! Find this 1974 Citroën DS Camino offered for $9,000 in Running Springs, CA via craigslist.

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Running Springs is located between two of LA's big winter fun spots, Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear, so it is an odd spot to find a car featuring a few surf/skim boards on the back...however, this car has been around the block a few times. The last DSchero we featured was a '73 model found in Long Beach back in June of 2013. That '73 example looks surprisingly like this one and it ignited an immediate schism within the DT inner circle, with some claiming it was the same, and others saying it was a new car. Blood feuds have begun on less.

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Here is where it gets strange; a google image search for DS pickups located another extremely similar custom, but covered in Ron Burgundy paint. A rear view reveals the same license plate confirming that the blue car was at one point burgundy and found in Huntington Beach.

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The final nail in the old coffin is this photograph found on that shows what is clearly the car in the 2013 listing as created by Nico, as well as pics of it in the Anchorman color scheme. The car uses the same rear facing spotlight and puts an end to the pointless name calling within the DT "office."

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Regardless, this thing is unique as they come and looks reasonably well built. Are you bold enough to surf the DSamino wave of awesomeness by yourself? Seriously, who has ever seen one of these things?

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Originally published as 10k: Bedless Pickup: 1974 Citroën DS Camino on Daily Turismo.

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