Saturday, May 4, 2019

Centennial Blues: 1952 Citroën Traction Avant

It was 100 years this past March when French industrialist André Citroën launched his Type A 8CV "Torpedo".  It was a simple machine without the complex solutions to automotive problems that Citroen became known for in later years -- hydropneumatic self-leveling suspension in 1954, the first mass market disc brakes in 1955 and swiveling headlights in 1967...but first Citroën pioneered a few basic ideas that are in use with most mass production cars today, namely; unibody construction, 4-wheel independent suspension, and front-wheel-drive in a car called the Traction Avant. It might not have been made by Honda...but it is the Accord's French great grand-uncle. Find this 1952 Citroën Traction Avant here on eBay bidding for $11,100 in Vancleave, MS with a few hours to go.

 From the seller:

Selling my very unique 1952CITROEN AVANT, have owned the car for many years. All original paint and interior, never restored! Has very unusual options, Robi aluminum fender protectors, hood ornament, very rare side wing windows ( original to the car), newer correct Michelin tires.
No rust ever, mechanical excellent, all works clutch was replaced 5 years ago, has been in my collection and driven on a monthly bases, no issues. You will not find another original untouched one with those options ever, my parents bought the same car and got married in it, I have owned several like it but never with these options, will sell no reserve and help at your expense with delivery/ transport, one of a kind don't miss out, deposit $ 500 within 48 hours balance due within 7 days, thanks for your consideration, clear title in hand.

Item specifics
Condition: Used Year: 1952
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 583558 Mileage: 34764
Number of Cylinders: 4 Make: Citroën
Transmission: Manual Engine: Traction Avant
Body Type: Sedan Drive Type: FWD
Vehicle Title: Clear Fuel Type: Gasoline
Exterior Color: Black For Sale By: Private Seller
Interior Color: Tan

See a better way to drive something strange?


  1. you forgot to mention that he also designed and built the Deux Chevaux 2CV (two horse) Citron's answer to the German VW (People Car). Which has a big following all over the world

  2. Very nice Traction Avant. I am amazed (but very pleased) to read that it is original. That's the way I like old cars: Never rusted, never restored, never painted. Terrific condition for 75+ years old. Like most Citroens, the Traction was a huge leap in technology when it was introduced in 1934, and was still a pleasant and livable car when production ended in 1957.

  3. The best you'll find. Sold for 14.9k.


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