Sunday, October 2, 2011

1953 Citroen Traction Avant

Citroens have always had a reputation for being ahead of their time.  When this model was introduced in 1934, the Traction Avant was recognized as being one of the most revolutionary cars of its time. Along with front wheel drive it incorporated unit body construction, torsion bar suspension and hydraulic brakes. The 3 speed gearbox was mounted ahead of the engine and the drive went through CV-jointed driveshafts to the front wheels, this was cutting edge technology in those days. This excellent design saw little reason to change over the years and the Traction Avant remained relatively the same thoughout its production run of 1934 through 1957.  This 1953 model was well preserved and mechanically sound enough for daily use if desired.  It sold for 13K to a collector in Georgia who dared to be different.

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