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  • Citroen 11BL Normale Traction Avant 1954 (Historic Plate) Black

    Description

    Citroën's brainchild, the 7C 'Traction Avant', broke new ground in almost every aspect of production car engineering on its launch in 1934. Unitary construction of the body/chassis, front wheel drive, all-independent suspension sprung by torsion bars, hydraulic brakes, synchromesh transmission and a four-cylinder, overhead-valve, wet-liner engine were all incorporated in the new car at a time when the majority of its rivals employed a separate chassis, cart springs, sidevalve engines and mechanical brakes. This ground-breaking specification would have counted for little had the result not worked in practice, but the Traction soon gained a well deserved reputation for exceptional stability and exemplary handling that endures to this day.

    The 7C 1.3-litre original was soon superseded by larger-engined versions, the 1.9-litre 11 Legère model being known in Britain from 1938 as the 'Light Fifteen'. Production resumed after WW2 and lasted until 1957, when the Traction Avant was replaced by the equally revolutionary DS.

    Built in Paris in 1954 this lovely Citroen Traction Avant 11BL Normale has been in the same family ownership for over 45 years and was cosmetically restored around 10 years ago.

    It is fitted with its original 1911cc 4 Cylinder Engine and 3 Speed Manual Gearbox and has been converted to 12v Electrics.

    Further details to follow.

    Car on display @ our showrooms in Mortlake, SW London.

    Specification

    • Type -

      Saloon

    • Year -

      1954

    • Basic colour -

      Black

    • Colour name -

    • Transmission -

      Manual

    • Orientation -

      Left Hand Drive

    • Trim -

      Cloth

    • Wheels -

      Steel

    £ 19,995


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