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"A century of cars", published by the Beijing Institute of
Technology Press in September, 2000, shows what looks very
much like a British DS.
"Going better with age - Global famous brand stories",
compiled by Li Jinsheng, Yang Xu et al. and published by the
China Machine Press in January, 2011, presents 50 car brands
and shows the DS prominently in the pages dedicated to
Citroen and its history.
"A century of car design",
originally authored by Penny
Sparke in 2002 and published
in its Chinese translation by
the China Architecture &
Building Press in June 2005,
shows a convertible DS.
In "Car history - Appreciation of 100 classic cars in the world",
compiled by Ye Hong and published by the China Machine
Press, the 2CV, DS and CX are given as examples of
significant milestones in the world's auto history. Document
courtesy of Ian Foster.
"The panorama of cars in the 20th century", compiled by Wang
Jianai and published by the Beijing Institute of Technology
Press in January 1999, shows black & white drawings of the
world's most significant cars in 100 years, including 3 versions
of the DS: 1955 DS19, 1959 convertible and 1972 DS21, along
with several other Citroen models.
This pocket-size book titled "France classic car", compiled by Wu Yuan and published by
the Guangdong Economy Publishing House in May 2007, is the only one showing a DS on its
cover, and a convertible at that. The DS is described in much detail, including its presence in
movies and in the litterature (i.e. the famous essay by Roland Barthes) of the time.
In the same "Car culture series" collection, "Chat about car - Celebrity and car", also
compiled by Lin Ping and published by the Publishing House of Electronics Industry, in
February 2006, illustrates the story of the assassination attempt on General De Gaulle in
1962 (known as the "Petit-Clamart incident") with a photo of the DS he was using at that
time, taken when it was exposed in China in 2004. More about that expo in another page
of this site,
"Car tidbits - Anecdotes about cars", compiled by Lin Ping and published by the Publishing
House of Electronics Industry in August 2005, highlights the special relationship enjoyed by
Citroen with French heads of state, most particularly General De Gaulle and Jacques Chirac.
The photo illustrating the text curiously shows a worn-out DS, stripped of its wheel covers
and front bumper. Could it be the DS rumored to still exist in the garage of the embassy of
Zimbabwe in Beijing ?... (another DS in Asia to hunt !)
Another booklet in the same "Car culture series" collection: "Car anecdotes - Famous car
brands' legends", also compiled by Lin Ping and published by the Publishing House of
Electronics Industry, in May 2006, shows the "DS19 that once set the world on fire".
"Car culture", "approved" (?) by Zhu Jun and published in November, 2010 by the China
Communication Press, illustrates its text about "fish-shaped cars" (? again) with a photo of a
DS, which looks to me like a Zamak 1/43 model, while real cars are shown on other pages. It
would have been so easy to ask for a nice and free photo of a real DS to DSinAsia.com !
The DS in Chinese car and
design books. You can
download the full articles,
with their translations in
English, by clicking on the
corresponding pdf icons.
Citroen published in 2010 its own "coffee-table" book in
Chinese. Titled "Citroen, 90 years of innovation", it is a
translation of a French book called "Les 90 ans de Citroen"
(Citroen's 90 years), published the previous year by Michel