Lot 145 - 1955 Citroën Traction Avant type 11BN
|Odometer reading||78,677 km|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £15,000|
The Traction Avant, French for 'front wheel drive', was designed by André Lefèbvre and Flaminio Bertoni in late 1933, early 1934. While not the first production front-wheel drive car, it was the world's first front-wheel drive steel unitary body frame production car. Along with DKW's 1930s models, the Traction pioneered front-wheel drive on the European mass car market. The Traction Avant's structure was a welded unitary body/chassis. Most other cars of the era were based on a separate chassis onto which the non-structural body or 'coachwork' was built. This method of construction was viewed with great suspicion in many quarters, with doubts about its strength. A type of crash test was conceived, taking the form of driving the car off a cliff, to illustrate its great inherent resilience. The novel design made the car very low-slung relative to its contemporaries - the Traction Avant was always distinctive, which went from appearing rakish in 1934 to familiar and somewhat old fashioned by 1955. The suspension was very advanced for the car's era. The front wheels were independently sprung using a torsion bar and wishbone suspension arrangement, where most contemporaries used live axle and cart-type leaf spring designs. Since it was considerably lighter than conventional designs of the era, it was capable of 62mph, and consumed fuel only at the rate of 28mpg.
This 1955 Citroën Traction Avant type 11BN was purchased in the Bordeaux region of France from a gentleman who had owned it for the last twenty-five years and used it regularly as his daily car. It is in very good condition throughout and drives well. Finished in black with grey cloth interior, this Traction Avant is supplied with the French certificate of transfer, a UK MoT test certificate which expires in February 2017, a few invoices and, if the car is to remain in the UK, a NOVA certificate will be issued. This is an opportunity to purchase a part of French motoring history; an iconic car that was built for over twenty years.
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