29 January 2015

Arsenal stars salute 60 years of DS

Arsenal Football Club first team players Laurent Koscielny, Mathieu Flamini, David Ospina and Theo Walcott recently took part in an exclusive photo shoot to celebrate 60 years of the original DS, writes Trish Whelan.

The footballs stars embraced their club's heritage by donning the iconic red and white kit that their legendary predecessors would have worn 60 years ago in 1955.

In this same year, the original DS was launched at the Paris Motor Show, marking the arrival of what would become an icon of automotive design and engineering.

The original DS was produced between 1955 and 1975, with a total production run of 1,456,115 cars. Since the launch of DS3 in 2010, the DS brand has already sold over 500,000 models worldwide.

DS 5 appeared alongside the Arsenal players and a 1961 ID19 (Reg. No. 57 EKX) for this celebratory photo call to represent the brand's modern day values of innovation and avant-garde design.

While 60th birthday celebrations will be taking place all over the world, one of the main international events, on 22 and 23 May at the historic Montlhery track in France, is set to bring together 700 vintage DS vehicles.

The original DS appears alongside the DS 5 as Arsenal players test drive replica 1955 football kits.