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Citroën Traction Avant 15-Six-1953

The Citroën “Traction Avant” (translated as “front drive”) was introduced in 1934 as the 7A; this 15-Six model was introduced in 1938, and was a radically different concept from the cars Citroën had been producing.  Most cars were still built with a wooden structure covered with metal parts and fixed to a chassis, with the engine bolted on directly, wheels mounted on stiff axles, and brakes operated by cables or rods.
André Citroën created the modern volume production car as it is built today.  In addition to its front drive wheels, the “Traction Avant” has an all steel monocoque body, an engine mounted on a Silentbloc and independent front and rear suspension.  It is designed to take into account the distribution of weight and the flow of air around and under the body.
This car was produced until 1940; post-war production restarted in 1946.  The style of the post-war model did not change from the pre-war style.  It was only available in black until 1953 when grey or blue was offered.
Manufacturer:  Andrè Citroën, Ingénieur-Constructeur
Country of Origin:  France
Drivetrain Configuration:  Front engine, front wheel drive
Engine:  6 cylinder
Transmission:  3 speed
Top Speed:  80 mph
Years of Production:  1938-56
Number Produced:  759,111
Original Cost:  739,000 French Francs