Citroens are not very common on this side of the Atlantic, so it was a pleasant surprise to see a variety of the chevron logoed French cars at Ypsilanti’s Orphan Car Show, including this Traction Avant. I’m not sure what year it’s from, because the Traction Avant was in production from 1934 to 1957. It was called the Traction Avant because it had front wheel drive, avant meaning “forward” in French. Though not the first production FWD vehicle, it was probably the best selling front drive car until the Mini was introduced in the late 1950s. FWD wasn’t the only way the Citroen was advanced for its day, it had unibody construction, independent front suspension with wishbones and torsion bars, a Panhard rod rear suspension, and a rakish, low slung body made possible by the lack of a driveshaft. In these 3D photos you can see the Traction Avant’s final drive behind the front grille. More Citroens to follow.
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