Citroen Traction Avant

ISBN-10: 1861266146

ISBN-13: 9781861266149


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Citroen Traction Avant

by Jon Pressnell

Citroen Traction Avant was the world's most advanced family car at its launch in 1934, and in the course of its 23-year life it became a national emblem for the French. Not only did it popularise front-wheel drive and chassis-less monocoque construction, but it also combined for the first time on one car such modern features as an overheadvalve engine, all-round torsion-bar suspension, hydraulic brakes and rack-and-pinion steering. At the same time it can lay claim to being one of the most beautiful motor cars every produced, its graceful lines being the work of talented artist and sculptor Flaminio Bertoni. Lavishly illustrated and clearly presented, this book is the indispensable companion for all fans of this most legendary of motor cars.


  • The Traction Avant in Context
  • Design, Development and Launch of the Traction Avant
  • The Pre-War 4-Cylinder Models
  • The Roadsters and Coupés
  • The Long-Wheelbase Models
  • The 22CV: André Citroen's Mythical White Elephant
  • The Post-War 4-Cylinder Saloons
  • The 15-Six
  • The Traction Avant in Belgium
  • The Traction Avant in Great Britain
  • The Traction Avant around the World
  • The Rosengart Supertraction
  • French Transvestites: Cars using the Traction Avant Bodyshell
  • Special-Bodied Traction Avants
  • Modifying the Traction Avant
  • Other Uses of theTraction Avant Power Unit
  • Replacing the Traction Avant
  • The Traction Avant in Motor Sport
  • The Traction Avant in French Culture
  • The Legacy of the Traction Avant
  • Appendix: Buying a Traction Avant
  • Bibliography

Buch, Hardcover, 22 x 29 cm, 240 Seiten, ca. 380 größtenteils farbige Abbildungen, englischer Text