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1956 Citroen Traction Avant For Sale

This 1956 Citroen 11 Traction Avant was first registered in the UK in June 1989. It is well known in the Traction Avant Owners Club having been a regular attendee at their events. Finished in the classic combination of Black with Grey Cord interior; translating into enduring appeal in 2019. Step through the suicide front doors and sink into the cushioned front seat and you can tell that this is a special automobile. It’s typically 1930s inside; the painted dash is vertical like a cliff face, with a vast Bakelite steering wheel.

The Traction Avant, French for "Forward Traction", i. e., Front Wheel Drive was designed by André Lefèbvre and Flaminio Bertoni in late 1933 / early 1934; it was the world's first front wheel drive steel monocoque production car. The Traction Avant's structure was an arc-welded monocoque unitized body. The novel design made the car seem very low-slung relative to its contemporaries — the Traction Avant always possessed a unique look, which at launch in 1934 appeared very rakish in 1934. Most Traction Avants use a 1911cc four-cylinder engine. The engine is arguably the most conventional part of the car, this later, 1950s model had a heady 57bhp using a three-speed gearbox, whose lever in typical Citroen fashion protrudes vertically out of the dashboard.
Since it was considerably lighter than "conventional" designs of the era, it was capable of 62 mph.

Production of the Traction Avant ended in July 1957. Over 23 years, 759, 111 had been built, including 26, 400 assembled in Slough in England, 31, 750 assembled in Forest near Brussels and 1, 823 assembled at Cologne in Germany. The total reflects the production stoppage during World War II.

Our example has been recently re-commissioned following a period in dry storage. An extensive history file (two boxes) an owner’s log book where most journeys have been recorded, accompanied by documentation for parts and servicing.

A French icon and a motoring milestone!

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