For stability and roadholding, Dauphine was impeccable, with Aérostable spring suspension keeping the wheels exactly where they belonged, and precise, supple steering giving the driver total control over the car at all times. Then the aerodynamic styling and low weight kept fuel consumption down.
Quite aside from its economical qualities, Dauphine also proved superbly maneuverable, fast and efficient. Stupendous results were achieved right from the start of Dauphine’s sporting career, with victories in the Tour de Corse, Mille Miglia and Monte Carlo Rallies in 1958 and the Ivory Coast Rally in 1959.
This international tourer held irresistible appeal for sports-minded drivers, with its slick four-speed gearbox, a 845cc engine rated at 55hp, symmetrical-expansion brakes, and a top speed approaching 115kph. Dauphine did, indeed, “leave the others standing”!