This week at Mustang Sally Garage we are visited by this French beauty – a Citroen Traction Avant from 1955.
In for some light restoration we take a look – Would you guess mid-50s as the build date of this daily driven French machine?
During World War II, while the Nazis occupied France, updates to the Traction Avant came to a screeching halt. It remained virtually unchanged from when it fist appeared in 1933 until the mid-century-modern DS replaced it in 1955. With its bulbous, sweeping front fenders reminiscent of a vintage Rolls Royce Phantom II and bug-eyed headlamps similar to a Ford Model A, the Traction Avant looks more like Bonnie and Clyde’s honeymoon mobile than something a bell-bottom wearing Frenchman would drive in 1973. Put it side-by-side with say a ’55 Chrysler Imperial and it’s like black-and-white silent pictures versus 3-D Cinemascope. There were about 760,000 Traction Avants made before production ended in 1957.