Singapore
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Mr S. in Singapore did not waste time when he saw the ad for a DS in the "Straits Times",
back in June 1999. He knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He bought the car.
Another good reason to think fast (about
buying locally) is that it is quite difficult to
enjoy a car imported under the "classic
scheme" in Singapore. You are limited to 28
days driving in the year.  Fortunately, this
1971 DSuper had been registered locally as
early as in 1971, and had not changed hands
since then. The "Certificate of Entitlement"
(which needs to be renewed every ten years
for all cars, excluding those on the
unfortunate "classic scheme") can be a very
costly disincentive for those planning to keep
their old cars and drive them on a regular
basis.

Owning a DS means a lot for Mr S.: it
reminds him of former times, in the '60,
when he used to drive his uncle's ID19
overseas. He did buy a GS in the meantime,
but it was not exactly the same thing.

How does it feel to cruise in a DS in
Singapore's streets ? Mr. S. tells us:

"The car looks and feels uniquely different
and special. It regularly attracts some
attention on the road. Sometimes people
follow or drive alongside to check it out, or
horn to acknowledge. On one occasion while
waiting at the red light, the traffic at the cross
road (green light) was still not moving
because the front car driver was still staring
at the Citroen."

"It is the driving experience that is so special
about the car. It is big but visibility is
excellent. The ride and behaviour are unique.
Reverse parking is easier than in a small
modern car. The hisses and the clicks (even
squeaks) remind you how hard the car is
working to please you."
Update ! (April 2012) Last December, 2011,
I had the chance to pay a visit to Mr S. at long
last, and see by myself his beautiful and
unique Singaporean DS.
These beautiful shots
have been taken by
my friend Shane Lim,
a local Citroen
historian and an
amateur
photographer.
A few interesting details to be seen here. Above left: a locally-made air conditioning system, with the compressor in the
trunk, delivers fresh air through these vents in the rear part of the car.
Above right: unusual "D-SUPER" engravings on the quarter panels.
Below left: extra and cumbersome meters keep the driver informed about the battery voltage, and the water temperature,
in both Celsius and Fahrenheit.
Below right: the lever commanding the body height of the car had to be extended and placed below the front seat in
right-hand drive cars.
Mr. S, not his real name, wishes to remain
anonymous and does not want me to show
his name, his face or even his number plate.
He explains he does not want to "show off",
and I entirely respect his choice, but still, I am
certain he was delighted to see Shane and
me making these nice pics of his car... Thank
you Mr. S. (and thank you Shane).