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CHRYSLER Airflow 1934
AMPHICAR 1964
CADILLAC Touring 1926
CADILLAC Eldorado Brougham 1957-58
CADILLAC Convertible 1966
CITROEN Traction Avant
FERRARI 250 GT Lusso
PONTIAC Fiero GT 1988
IMPERIAL 1955-56
IMPERIAL 1962
IMPERIAL 1981-83
JAGUAR E Type
JAGUAR Mark II
LOTUS Europe Serie 1
MASERATI 3500 GT
MG Midget
MG TF 1500
MORGAN 4/4 Competition 1968
PIERCE ARROW Roadster 1929
ROLLS ROYCE Phantom II 1934
STANLEY Steamer 1924
STUDEBAKER Hawk
STREAMLINED AMERICAN CARS

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CITROEN "Traction Avant"
 
1953 CITROEN 11 B
1949 CITROEN 15/6
1949 CITROEN 15/6, dashboard
 

TECHNICAL

ENGINE: model 15/6
In line 6, bore: 78 mm, stroke: 100 mm, capacity: 2867 cm3.
Carburator Solex.
Compression ratio: 6,5 : 1
77 HP @ 3000 rpm.
Overhead valve.
6 V.

TRANSMISSION:
Three speed. Front wheel drive.

SUSPENSION:
Front: torsion bar.
Rear: torsion bar.
(hydropneumatic on 15 H in 1955 )

STEERING:
Rack & pinion.

BRAKES:
F & R: drums.

TIRES:
185 X 400.

CHASSIS FEATURES:
Wheelbase: 302 cm.
Overall lenght: 475 cm.
Height: 155cm.
Weight: 1300 kg.

 
     
 

Already in 1934 "Traction Avant" as everybody called it dissociates contemporary automobile creations by it's on road qualities.

This was partly due to this traction which drew the car, rather then to push it, but also with the "full steel" unit body which ensured the excellent rigidity, the long wheelbase, the flattened line and an almost ideal distribution of the masses.

This was particularly true for the "7" and "1 ". The superior motorization ("15" and "22") with there definitely heavier engines could not claim for such a good balance. It is thus in 1934 that were born the "7", "11" and the mythical "22", the "15" was born only in 1937. The "7" and "11" which body's were lighter then the so called "Normal 11" and their luxurious sister, which made them much more efficient.

Beyond their road qualities, these Traction were also comfortable and roomy cars and were in their time... considering that the last ones came out of the factory in 1956. They had then taken there toll. It should be said that revolutionary DS introduced in 1955 did not do anything to help them...

We will have to wait a few decades so that their obsolete charm becomes again fashionable.

 


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