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1949 Citroen Traction Avant Sedan / 2491385 Vehicle Information

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1949 Citroen Traction Avant photograph

1949 Citroen Traction Avant photograph

1949 Citroen Traction Avant photograph

1949 Citroen Traction Avant photograph

1949 Citroen Traction Avant photograph

1949 Citroen Traction Avant photograph

1949 Citroen Traction Avant photograph

1949 Citroen Traction Avant photograph

1949 Citroen Traction Avant photograph

1949 Citroen Traction Avant photograph

1949 Citroen Traction Avant photograph

1949 Citroen Traction Avant photograph

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Sold for $23,100 at 2016 RM Sotheby's : Hershey.
Citroen introduced the 'Traction Avant' model in 1934. The name Traction Avant translates from French to 'front-drive.' This pre-War front-wheel drive model was designed by Andre Lefèbvre and Flaminio Bertoni, who also gave the vehicle unit body construction. This meant that the body and frame were built as a single component, resulting in greater structural rigidity than conventional construction methods. The front wheels had an independent suspension setup. The wheels themselves were moved to the far corners of the car, allowing it to have a low center of gravity, improving handling, and providing additional space for the driver and passengers.

Citroen debuted their Traction Avant at the 1934 Paris Motor Show. It would remain in production for over 23-years. During that time, it would be produced in several variations and multiple body styles, with over 760,000 examples built.

The second iteration of the Traction Avant was the 11, which had a larger and more powerful four-cylinder engine. They were built in two versions, including the 11BL (for 'légère,' or 'light'). The 11BL had the first generations shorter wheelbase and narrow track.

This particular example is an 11BL Légère. It is finished in black with a grey cloth interior, and it appears it may have had a restoration during some point of its life. There is an original banjo-type steering wheel, mirrors, dual wipers, ancillary lights, and turn signals. The engine is an overhead valve four-cylinder engine displacing 1191cc and offering 56 horsepower. The engine is backed by a three-speed manual transmission and there are drum brakes at all four wheels. The wheelbase measures 115 inches.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2016


2016 RM Sotheby's : Hershey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $20,000-USD $30,000 
Sale Price :
USD $23,100

1949 Citroen Traction Avant Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1949 sales)
1949 Citroen Traction Avante 11B
Sold for USD$11,260
  2017 Anglia Auction
 
1949 Citroën 11BL 'Légère' Sedan
Chassis#: 2491385
Sold for USD$23,100
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Hershey
1949 Citroen Traction Avant image  1949 Citroen Traction Avant image  
1949 Citroën Traction 15-Six berline
Chassis#: 690855
Sold for USD$42,713
  2016 Rétromobile 2016 by Artcurial Motorcars
 
1949 CITROEN TRACTION 15-SIX CABRIOLET WORBLAUFEN
Sold for USD$242,771
  2013 ARTCURIAL MOTORCARS À RÉTROMOBILE
 

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