Citroen Light Fifteen 

195511CL Traction Avant

£22,995
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  • Year
    1955
  • Mileage
    1,005 miles
  • Colour
    Silver
  • Transmission
    Manual
  • Gears
    3
  • Engine Size
    1.9L
  • BHP
    56 bhp
  • 0 to 62 mph
    21.2 secs
  • Fuel Type
    Petrol
  • Steering Wheel
    RHD
  • Year
    1955
  • Mileage
    1,005 miles
  • Colour
    Silver
  • Transmission
    Manual
  • Gears
    3
  • Engine Size
    1.9L
  • BHP
    56 bhp
  • 0 to 62 mph
    21.2 secs
  • Fuel Type
    Petrol
  • Steering Wheel
    RHD

Technical Data

  • Dimensions
    • Height
      1,520 mm
    • Length
      4,267 mm
    • Width
      1,657 mm
  • Engine and Drivetrain
    • Cylinders
      4
    • Driven Axle
      RWD
    • Engine Capacity
      1,911 cc
    • Gears
      3
    • Steering Wheel
      RHD
    • Wheelbase
      Standard
  • Fuel Consumption
    • MPG
      18.6
  • Performance
    • Acceleration (0 - 62 MPH)
      21.2 secs
    • BHP
      56 bhp
    • Maximum Speed
      88 mph
  • Weight and Capacities
    • Seats
      4
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About this Citroen Light Fifteen

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, side-valve 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The 7C 1.3-litre original was soon superseded by larger-engined 1.9-litre 11 Legère model, being known and built in Britain from 1935 as the 'Light Fifteen'. Production ceased in 1939/40 due to WW2, but resumed both in France and Slough in 1946 and lasted until 1957 when the Traction Avant was replaced by the equally revolutionary Citroen DS.

There were a number of differences between the French and English built cars and it is fair to say that the Slough built cars were more refined and luxurious.
The main differences were:

• 12 Volt Electrics
• Starter Motor, Dynamo, Distributor, Voltage Regulator and Coil all made by Lucas in England
• Steering Wheel made by Clifford Coverings
• All lights made by Lucas in Birmingham
• Battery made by Exide
• Radiator made by Marston Radiators
• Wheels made by Rubery Owen (post war)
• Tyres made by Michelin in England
• Bumpers made by Pyrene in Brentford
• All instruments made by Smiths Instruments
• Electrical Wiring looms made by Ripualt
• Exhaust and Petrol Tank made by Chillcott
• Windscreen and Glass made by Triplex and Lancegaye
• Full Leather interiors
• Wooden Dashboards and Door Cappings
• Optional metal Sun Roof

This beautiful RHD 11CL Light Fifteen (Big Boot) - Chassis No: 9/550198 was built in Slough in 1955 and is the 198th car out of the last 717 built in 1955 by Citroen in Slough before the factory closed later that year. It was we believe first registered in April 1955 in England, but unfortunately we do not have any DVLA information to confirm this.

We have just imported this car from Portugal where it has been for many years and it was restored in Portugal to a very high standard approximately 10 years ago and formed part of a large private collection.

It is finished in Silver Metallic with a beautiful Blue Leather interior with blue carpets, a new Grey headlining, a lovely restored wooden dashboard and door trims, excellent Chrome bumpers and chrome trims, really nice paintwork and a lovely and smooth rebuilt 1911cc Engine and 3 Speed Manual Gearbox. It has had lots of new parts fitted and once we have had the car through our workshops, we will give more information.

This really is a beautiful looking car in Silver and with the lovely Blue Leather interior and it does drive particularly well.

We are just in the process of preparing the car for sale including UK Registration and further details and photographs will follow.

Upon sale the car will be given a pre-sales service and new MOT (although exempt) and it will come with our own 6 Month mechanical Warranty.

Car on display @ our showrooms in Mortlake.

NB: Classic Chrome Ltd make every effort to ensure that the information in this advertisement is accurate and all statements as to provenance and condition are given as opinions only. When describing any car that is more than 20 years old, we sometimes have to rely on the car’s history file and any information provided by the previous owner(s). This information in passed on in good faith and is therefore not purported to be a statement of fact. Any prospective purchaser must satisfy themselves as to the condition and fitness for use of the vehicle. This does not affect your statutory rights.

 

Citroen Light Fifteen 11CL Traction Avant

Specification

  • Exterior
    • 14" Steel Wheels
    • Interior
      • Leather Trim
      • Technical
        • 3 Speed Manual Gearbox
        • Other
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