56 hp, 1,911 cc OHV inline four-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with wishbones and torsion bars, solid rear axle with torsion bar suspension, and four-wheel drum brakes.
The name Traction Avant translates literally from French to “front-drive,” indicative of the most important new feature of Citroën’s ground-breaking new 1934 model. Yet Andre Lefèbvre and Flaminio Bertoni’s design was fascinating in many other ways, as well. It was ahead of the American Cord by two years in its introduction of unit body construction, with the body and frame built as a single component, for exceptional rigidity. Independent suspension was at the front wheels, while the wheels themselves were moved to the far corners of the car, lowering its center of gravity, improving handling, and providing additional space for a comfortable interior.
Beginning what would become a tradition with Citroën’s new models, the Traction Avant was an incredible success at the time of its introduction, with everyone from journalists to the public to the concessionaires of other automakers fighting to get a look at the new car at the 1934 Paris Motor Show. Today, survivors are treasured by enthusiasts and remain among the most modern and interesting cars of their era to drive. They are, quite simply, a mechanical pleasure in every way.
The second iteration of the Traction Avant was the 11, featuring a somewhat larger and more powerful four-cylinder engine. It was built in two versions, the car offered here being an 11BL (for “légère,” or “light”), which retained the first generation’s more narrow track and shorter wheelbase.
The owner bought the car in France 23 year ago and repaired it for the purpose of being used in events like weddings, the same as of the 15/six, being sold by the same owner. It has been always kept in a garage so there is no rust.
The color combination is the one used in the Paris taxis and looks simply stunning.
Please note that the roof is not finished in the interior. The exterior is done, the sound of the engine is very nice and smooth.
|Engine||1.911 ccm, 56 PS, I4|
|Steering||Left Hand Drive|
|Layout||Front Wheel Drive|
|Color - exterior||Blue / White|
|Color - interior||Light Grey|
|Miles/Kilometers shown||24.604 kms|
|Chassis / VIN||2006906|
|Location - Country||Spain|
|Location - City||Barcelona|
4-door sedan body type; FWD (front-wheel drive), manual 3-speed gearbox; gasoline (petrol) engine with displacement: 1911 cm3, advertised power: 41 kW / 55 hp / 56 PS (brake), torque: 119 Nm; characteristic dimensions: outside length: 4450 mm, width: 1670 mm, wheelbase: 2910 mm; reference weights: estimated curb weight: 1110 kg; top speed: 118 km/h (73 mph) (declared by factory); accelerations: 0-60 mph 27.2 s; 0-100 km/h 30.2 s
Jablonec nad Nisou, Czechia
Jablonec nad Nisou, Czechia
Pictures of the underbody were added to the gallery at your request.