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Citroen Traction Avant (1934-1957) specifications

Citroen Traction Avant (1934-1957) specifications Classic and Performance Car

The Traction Avant was the first majorly revolutionary car from Citroen, but it's still relatively affordable today


Prior to the Traction Avant, Citroën were just another European manufacturer of worthy but dull cars. The Traction’s arrival in 1934 changed all that. It was a revolutionary machine, being the first mass-produced front-wheel-drive car to be built by a major European car firm, as well as offering unitary construction and independent suspension. Some very sleek bodies were also part of its chic cocktail; there was simply nothing like it at the time and its rivals wouldn’t catch up for years. Initial cars had 1303cc engines and the range gradually expanded to include the popular 1911cc.

Production

  • Production:
    760,000
  • Price at launch:
    £573
  • Price (excellent)
    £20,000
  • Price (good):
    £13,500
  • Price (average):
    £6,500
  • Price (project):
    £2,500

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    23.4secs
  • Top speed:
    72.0mph
  • Power:
    56.0bhp
  • Torque:
    91.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    23.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, wishbone, torsion bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Beam axle, Panhard rod
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-Engine FWD
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4747mm
  • Wheelbase:
    3086mm
  • Width:
    1778mm
  • Height:
    1559mm
  • Weight:
    1143kgs

Citroen Traction Classifieds

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