1952 Citroen Traction Avant for Sale

A very rare find!  This instantly recognizable 1952 Traction Avant is for sale at Eurocar Imports in NJ.  We will be performing a full restoration of the vehicle before she leaves our lot.

The Traction Avant, French for “forward traction”, was designed by André Lefèbvre and Flaminio Bertoni in late 1933 / early 1934. Andre Citroën was known to many as the Henry Ford of France. While not the first production front wheel drive car, it was the world’s first front wheel drive steel monocoque production car. The Traction successfully pioneered front wheel drive on the European mass car market.

Citroen Traction Avant Engineering

The Traction is famous for it’s unique look but even more so for its engineering. The Traction Avant used a longitudinal, front wheel drive layout, with the engine set well within the wheelbase, resulting in a very favourable weight distribution, aiding the car’s advanced handling characteristics. The gearbox was placed at the front of the vehicle with the engine behind it and the differential between them.  The gear change was set in the dashboard, with the lever protruding through a vertical, H-shaped gate. Because this vertical orientation could have resulted in the car dropping out of gear when the lever was in the upper positions (i.e. second or reverse gears), the gear shift mechanism was locked when the mechanical clutch was engaged and released when the clutch pedal was depressed.   The Traction Avant’s engineering features made them ideal for use as limousines and taxi cabs, and they were quite popular among drivers and passengers alike.

Citroen Traction Avant For Sale

Here are some photos of the 1952 model that just arrived.  If interested, please contact us right away at 732-279-6453.