Lot 214 - 1954 Citroën Light 15 Saloon

Lot 214 - 1954 Citroën Light 15 Saloon

Lot 214 - 1954 Citroën Light 15 Saloon

Lot Number 214
Registration GES 539
Chassis Number 9/522363
Engine Number AB/26433
Odometer reading 95,757 miles
Estimate £8,000 - £10,000
Result Sold - £12,880

The Citroën Traction Avant was manufactured from 1934 to 1957 with approximately 760,000 units produced. The Traction Avant, French for 'front-wheel drive', was designed by André Lefèbvre and Flaminio Bertoni in late 1933. While not the first produced front-wheel drive car, it was the world's first front-wheel drive, steel monocoque production car and successfully pioneered front-wheel drive on the European mass car market. This method of construction was viewed with great suspicion in many quarters with doubts about its strength. Consequently, an unusual type of crash test was conceived in the form of driving the car off a cliff to demonstrate just how robust it was. Lefthand drive versions were built in Paris, Belgium and also Denmark; righthand drive cars in Slough, England. The Slough version was called the Light Fifteen and the long wheelbase model became the Big 15.

The vendor acquired this charming example from a personal friend who had loaned it to him for his daughter's wedding. Appropriately enough, he was a Citroën mechanic and ran a not inconsiderable dealership in Buckinghamshire. It was comprehensively restored by the previous owner including external paint, interior and engine, although no invoices exist to substantiate this. Also included in the sale are a number of spares including a cylinder head, gearbox, windscreen, grill and bonnet. With just three recorded owners, this Light 15 runs well and comes complete with a new battery, buff log book and MoT test certificate valid until July 2016.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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