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CITROEN Traction Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 7
First production year: 1934
Engines: Gasoline
 

1939 - 1944

About 760.000 Citroen Traction were manufactured from 1934 to 1957. The Traction was designed in the late 1933 / early 1934 by André Lefèbvre and Flaminio Bertoni and it was the first front wheel drive car made in large scale production in that time. The Citroen traction introduced the use of an arc-welded monocoque frame, a big innovation for the time. Other cars of the same era were based on t...

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  CITROEN Traction 15 Cabriolet 2.9

1938 - 1939

André-Gustave Citroën was a revolutionary French engineer and left a precious legacy to the automotive industry: the Traction Avant, or TA for short. The French automaker already had a vast experience in the car industry. He founded his own brand in 1919 and gathered as much information as he could from other carmakers. That led to the development of the Traction Avant. While it was not the f...

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  CITROEN Traction Avant 11B Cabrio 1.9

1938 - 1957

The Citroen 15 G Saloon was also a innovation of it's era, apparently a thing Citroen kept doing in those times. The 15 G saloon was built using the latest monocoque technology available in that time ( the same technology is used in building cars today ) for which it was developed a certain type of crash test, in which the car was driven off a cliff to prove the resistance of the chassis. T...

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  CITROEN Traction 15 G Saloon 2.9L 3MT (78 HP)

1936 - 1939

The Citroen Traction Avant 11L Hard-top Cabriolet had the same specific engineering that all the Traction Avant models at that time, front wheel drive, a monocoque body and a surprising low stance. Although the Avant amazed onlookers with its breakthrough engineering, most of the people were amazed by it's pre-war Gallic design, like Thor's chariot of war. The Traction Avant was capabl...

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1935 - 1957

Citroen introduced the Traction Avant (Front-wheel drive) on the market in 1934, a car that managed not only to save the French automaker but also remained in production until 1956. Andre Citroen tried to get the most advanced technologies on the market and put them into a mass-produced vehicle. While the Traction Avant, or TA for short, was not the first front-wheel driven vehicle nor the fi...

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1934 - 1957

Most people didn't know what to do with the Citroen Traction, they did not even began to comprehend the improvement or the significance of it's design advantage. The Citroen was shown in 1934 at the Paris Salon, in those days most cars had side-valve engines, rear wheel drive and beam axles, Citroen broke all those rules because it had unitary construction, front wheel drive, independe...

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1934 - 1939

Based on the same platform as the Citroen TA 7B, the S version featured a larger, more powerful engine. The Citroen Traction Avant was not the first vehicle with front-wheel drive, but it was the first that combined that with a unibody bodywork. Due to that technological difference, it was 70 kg (154 lbs) lighter than a similar vehicle with a chassis. After Citroen installed bigger engines, t...

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