Black · 4 · 64,206 miles
56HP 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. Wheelbase: 115in. An important French automotive design, desirable short-wheelbase variant. Highly original; retains its original engine. One of the best-driving cars of its era. The name Traction Avant literally from the French to front-drive, indicative of the most important new feature of the Citroens ground breaking new 1934 model. Yet Ndre Lefebvre and Flaminio Bertonis 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 addition space for a comfortable interior. 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 legere, or light) which retained the first generations more narrow track and shorter wheelbase.This 11BL Legere looks to be highly authentic and benefits from an older repaint in its original black color. The grey cloth interior appears to be from an older restoration as well, and shows some wear commensurate for its age, including the original Banjo-type steering wheel whose hub has dried and cracked with age. Likewise, much of the exterior trim remains intact, including mirrors, dual wipers, ancillary lights and turn signals as well as the front and rear fender guards and rubber mud guards at the rear of the front fenders. The stainless trim pieces are in good condition and present nicely, as does the rest of the car. Furthermore, under the hood appears to be correct, as is the engine, whose number matches the original data tag. This desirable model remains in good cosmetic condition and would be a fine addition to any collection of significant French automobiles. Visit our website to see more photos of this beauty at www.classicmotorsdc.com. Call us today to schedule a test drive at 202 244 7555. Classic Motors of Washington DC will give your interior a complete makeover. We clean every surface, nook and crevice even if it takes a q-tip. We deep clean all floor mats, carpets, and upholstery with a hot water extractor, then we condition all materials to protect from the elements and to make everything look better than new. Call us today at 202 244 7555.