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!
This 1955 Citroën Traction Avant type 11BN was purchased in the Bordeaux region of France. It is in very good condition throughout and drives well. Finished in black with grey cloth interior, this Traction Avant
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Unrestored not running car. Very sound body. Solid project ot start restoration.
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I imported this Citroen 11BN TA (Traction Avant) from its last owner of 25 years last year. He was in tears when the car left having maintained it, driven it and upgraded it during his long ownership. The car has been looked over by a Traction specialist and declared mainly original and where upgraded, .....
Very beautiful and well maintained Traction 'légère' (BL) in an exceptional color.
Cared for and used from time to time, now looking for a new home because of the owner's age.
Completely technically checked and approved by Oldtimerfarm. The doors also close very well and also fit .....
Nice example of one of the most sought after versions of the Traction Avant.
This car is a 'légère' (BL) version with the ‘malle platte’, which means the wheel sits on the back instead of the (less elegant) large trunk.
The car can be qualified as an older restoration in good condition.
Strictly immaculate condition.
​Completely serviced in every detail, by LSCC.​
​Registered and approved by CPAA.
"The Citroen Traction Avant, took a giant step in the automotive industry when they were first introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1934. Designed by André Lefèbvre .....
PRIVATE CARS ARE PERFORMED ONLY WITH MOTO CUSTOM EPOCA Perfect in every part, restored with original spare parts totally in Italy, Replaced petrol pump, various belts, reel. Revised the carburetion totally, new battery and tuned electrical system. Regularly treated with antirombo on the bottom. Available .....
I imported this car from France last year. It is now on UK plates.
It is a beautiful low mileage car. Restorations can improve a car dramatically but there is nothing like the genuine low mileage example.
This car was bought new as a daily driver in 1955 and driven for three years. At that point .....