1939 Citroën Traction 11BL Cabriolet par Clabot For Sale by Auction
Chassis number 406676
Engine number AZ13346
- One of the three cars identified
- Complete, high-quality restoration
- Known history
Immediately after the Second World War, Robert Clabot, who had previously worked for the flamboyant coachbuilder Jacques Saoutchik, opened his own body shop in Alfortville. He soon came to specialise in modifying bodies based on the Citroën Traction Avant. His style could not hide the influence of Saoutchik and could be recognised by its extravagant use of magnificent teardrop wings, shark-like radiator grilles and distinctive spine-like ridges, accentuated by the use of trim strips and other chromework.
The Conservatoire Citroën has confirmed that the car presented here left the factory as an 11BL roadster on 1 August 1938. First registered in 1939, it was subsequently modified by Chabot, and a copy of the former registration document indicates that it was registered as 2414 X 69 in August 1953, while a former licence plate mentions a Monsieur Limbach in Lyon. Period photographs confirm the car's specification at this time. The car was then bought in 1973 by an enthusiast from the Saône et Loire department and underwent its first refurbishment, at which time the long-range driving lights integrated into the front wings were removed and its light-coloured paintwork replaced by a dark green finish. The car was then registered 8864 QN 71, the number with which it appears in Olivier de Serres' book devoted to the Traction Avant. We have received confirmation that the car was already fitted at this time with the 4-speed gearbox and inlet manifold with twin carburettors which it retains today. The current owner's husband acquired the car in 1979; it has remained since then in the same family and a complete restoration has just been completed. The bodywork was fully restored by Prestige Auto and a file of photographs confirms the quality of the work carried out. The engine was reconditioned and the 4-speed gearbox overhauled. The running gear was also restored and the joints, bearings and those parts subject to wear replaced. The upholstery, carpets and hood received the same attention. The care taken with this restoration shows off to the best possible effect this car's exceptional bodywork, which is considerably more elegant than the bodies fitted to the wide-bodied 11 Large models. Only three Clabot cabriolets have been identified today, of which this is the only one based on an 11 Légère. This is therefore an exceptional car, whether in terms of its rarity, the quality of its construction or its known, documented history. It is truly a collector's item!
Estimation 250 000 - 350 000 €
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