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1971 Citroën DS 21 Pallas

1971 Citroën DS 21 in The Mentalist, TV Series, 2008-2014 IMDB Ep. 1.17

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: FR — Made for: USA

1971 Citroën DS 21 Pallas

[*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

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APS221 US

2009-01-20 00:59

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The Citroen is seen again in Ep. 1.13, "Paint It Red." This time, we get some better views.

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EDIT: The exposed headlights indicate US-spec. (Made for USA).

-- Last edit: 2012-02-11 03:40:21

antp BE

2009-01-20 11:02

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Nice :) I replaced the main picture then.
Here is the old one that you provided for episode 1.07
[Image: Mentalist_CitroenDS001B.jpg]
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DynaMike NL

2009-01-20 15:01

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Nice :) It's a Pallas version, and by the headrests I guess it will be at least a 1969+ model. The colour could only be Bleu Platine (AC 632), available in 1970/71, though it looks a bit too pale. The 1971 model would have had the roof in the same colour. So my guess would be a 1970 DS 21 Pallas.

jettalover US

2009-03-25 05:30

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Watched 3/24 episode that had good views of plate(536dqn). Calif. smog test says it's a '71 D Special.

-- Last edit: 2009-03-25 05:31:33

DynaMike NL

2009-03-25 11:54

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Thanks. Many lower line DS's have been transformed to Pallas versions. All visible extra trim indicates Pallas, but indeed it is still possible that the car originally was a DSpecial or the like.

jettalover US

2009-07-27 04:11

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Todays edition of Parade magazine talks to an exec. producer of the show who says it's a '71 DS. He said it stalls all the time and when the taillights went out, the show painted the tailights on the car.

-- Last edit: 2009-07-27 04:15:56

APS221 US

2009-11-26 08:00

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It seems some people can't agree on what kind of car it is. Two competing magazines that come as newspaper supplements, Parade Magazine and USA Weekend, have offered different answers to that question. Since Jettalover saw the plate looked it up on http://www.bar.ca.gov/, that's the official answer.

Parade Magazine - 7/26/09:
(Link to "www.parade.com")
Q I’m curious about Simon Baker’s car on The Mentalist.—Sandy Wilson, Tigard, Ore.

A “It’s a 1971 Citroën DS,” exec producer Chris Long says. “Simon wanted a car that reflected his quirky character. He’s a longtime fan of Peter Falk, who drove a beat-up 1959 Peugeot in his detective series Columbo, so we went looking for a Columbo car.” Long says the downside of using a vintage auto is that “it stalls all the time, plus the taillights went out and had to be painted on.”

USA Weekend - 11/22/09:
(Link to "www.usaweekend.com")
Q What kind of car does Simon Baker's character, Patrick Jane, drive on "The Mentalist?"-Floyd Johnson, Cambridge City, Ind.

A It's a vintage 1972 Citroen DS 20 that Warner Bros., producer of "The Mentalist" for CBS, had in its inventory. It was used in the 2008 movie "Speed Racer." For "The Mentalist," the car was shipped from Germany and painted eggshell blue (it was originally red).

APS221 US

2009-12-01 00:43

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Here are some more screencaps of the Citroen:
From Ep. 1.16 "Bloodshot"
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From Ep. 1.17 "Carnelian, Inc."
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From Ep. 2.08 "His Red Right Hand"
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-- Last edit: 2012-02-11 05:20:43

Kapteeni FI

2010-01-08 10:17

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In ep. 2.08 there are clearly two different cars. They have different plates and different headlamps. The one with euro-spec headlamps has a DS20 badge on the boot lid.

APS221 US

2010-01-09 02:10

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Yes it looks like they have changed cars for Season 2. I'm no expert on Citroens, but I found this post on a Citroen blog:
Link to "citbitz.com"

It appears they used the US-spec. 1971 DSpecial with DS Pallas trim in the first season. It appears they a using a Euro-spec. 1972 DS20. That would also explain the different answers to the same question in those magazines. Don't go by the license plate, that 258PCE license plates is a fake/prop. If someone can get good screencaps, they might want to add the new vehicle.

the tornado FR

2010-04-09 08:58

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Voiture appartenant à la Warner Bros qui a servi auparavant alors qu'elle était rouge

Aziz FR

2010-09-10 16:48

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the tornado wrote Voiture appartenant à la Warner Bros qui a servi auparavant alors qu'elle était rouge

Ah bon ? Je pensais qu'elle appartenait à Simon Baker, vu que c'est lui qui l'a imposée parce qu'il refusait que Patrick Jane se déplace en 4x4 tout neuf comme dans les autres séries policières (ce qu'il fait pourtant les 3/4 du temps, la Citroën n'apparaissant que trop rarement).

toitsu FI

2013-03-28 20:27

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Could this be the same exact vehicle that is used in "crossing Jordan" by Dr. Macy?

Snack FR

2013-06-01 16:54

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J'ai une vue de la première voiture dans l'épisode 17 de la saison 1 que tout le monde dit être une DSpéciale transformée en version Pallas où l'on voit bien le logo doré "DS 21" avec des chevrons également dorés. Qui plus est, tout au long de l'épisode, on aperçoit les panneaux intérieurs de porte qui sont clairement des panneaux de DS Pallas. Je doute sincèrement qu'ils aient changé la peinture, tout l'intérieur, ajouté les chevrons doré et le logo DS 21, avec un tel niveau de détail, pour finalement laisser les "US Spec" avec les feux rond et les phares globuleux. Cela me semble étrange tout de même.
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C'est la deuxième voiture utilisée dans la série, la Pallas à boite hydraulique et avec des feux et phares français, qui avait été utilisé dans ce film : /vehicle_306266-Citroen-DSpecial.html qui a été achetée à la Warner et repeinte pour remplacer la première DS du Mentaliste que l'on voit dans la première et au début de la deuxième saison. Cette deuxième voiture est une DS 20 (/vehicle_584228-Citroen-DS-20-1972.html) plus récente comme on le voit dans l'épisode 8 de la saison 2 lorsque Patrick Jane arrive à l'hôpital. Voilà ma petite enquête ^^

-- Last edit: 2013-06-06 02:05:55

Snack FR

2013-06-15 03:51

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Curieusement, cette voiture réapparaît subitement à la fin de l'épisode 12 de la Saison 5 : Jane a cassé la vitre de la DS20 dans l'épisode précédent !
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-- Last edit: 2013-06-20 03:56:23

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