1955 CitroŽn Traction Avant 11BLSOLD

Coys Spring Auction - Royal Horticultural Hall - London - February 27, 2007

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Estimate: £4,000-7,000

Sold £11,763

By the early Thirties Citroen had enjoyed considerable success, having expanded from the proverbial little acorn into a vast oak tree with high sales and demand: expansion had also included new factories in Germany, Italy, Austria and England, the latter in Slough, opening in 1926. A new factory was also built to produce the revolutionary Traction Avant of March 1934. Not only was front wheel drive employed, but also the low-slung body was of unitary construction, front suspension independent via wishbone/torsion bar and brakes fully hydraulic. The radius-arm located live rear axle was sprung by transverse torsion bars. The model became highly popular, not least as transport for George Simenon's Inspector Maigret. Indeed, its popularity spread from politicians and painters to Resistance members and rally drivers, seduced by the car's style and charm. Beginning as the Type 7A at the time of its launch, the Traction Avant underwent a constant development programme, models progressing through the 7B, 7C, llB and llBL until production eventually ceased in 1957.

This elegant example presented here today was previously owned by a French Garage owner in a small village called La Glacerie near Cherbourg in July 1989. It was bought on a whim and driven home there and then. Once back in the UK, it was taken to Shalford Green Garage where its well being was tended to by Citroen specialists. Several thousand pounds were used to rectify one or two minor faults and MoT's have been issued without trouble ever since. It has always been garaged and has undertaken only light mileage since its purchase. Included in the sale is an MoT until September this year as well as a UK registration document and Specialist Traction Avant book detailing all models. Interested parties should also note that all proceeds from the sale of this lot are to be donated to the R.N.L.I.

Reference Number 7219

as of 2/16/2007

Car 1955 CitroŽn Traction Avant 11BL
VIN 426972