Purchased in 1990 at the auction of the convention center in Strasbourg, the car on sale comes from the collection of the son of André Lefebvre. We can trace the history from 1973, when Mr Dreyre, a pioneer of classic car collecting in northern France, found the car in his region. It'll get new bushes, and the support of the bushes will be cadmium plated. The 3-speed manual transmission was not rebuilt, and subsequently failed in September 2017. Stay clear of large areas. Rear brakes are often neglected on these cars.
A refurbished 3-speed replacement was sourced from marque expert Larry Lewis in Toronto, and will accompany the sale. Note the reverse-clam-shell style doors, with fronts opening to the rear and vice-versa. The boot was lengthened and its volume doubled in Autumn 1952 For 1936, at the , in October 1935, various modifications were on show. But when looked for a light transaxle case for , Traction Avant unit was about the only candidate, as magnesium alloy was much smaller and lacking the space needed to house heftier gears needed for. With left-hand drive, the correct term for this model is an 11B. The Traction Avant's structure was an arc-welded monocoque unitized body. Less gloriously, the cars were known as favourites among gangsters such as the then infamous and his.
Rust is invisible beneath the white sound deadening coating. After opening up the engine; a bad valve seat was the culprit. From front-wheel drive to its welded unitary chassis, four-wheel independent suspension and cast aluminium alloy transaxle, the Traction Avant bought so many firsts to the European car market. New carpeting, a new headliner, and refreshed trim were also installed. Completed Projects Reupholstering seats on a 1969 Jaguar E Type 1958 Vespa 400 came in for brake job, various leaks, tune up etc.
Five new seat belts were fitted in 2017. The front seats have modern retractable seat belts. A Beautiful 1953 Citroen 11B Normale Big15. To celebrate its 80th anniversary, we look back on one of most influential automotive designs of the 20th Century. Having started a complete restoration, he found himself obliged to replace the platform, the existing one having rusted beyond repair.
It's really a family job as you see. This car could be entered in many of the Concours that appear around the world. The interior, wheels, rear deck treatment, hood ornament, and many other items can only be found in the Pre-War models. Cut off outer door panel either below trim line or as far as the replacement reaches full panel is best and easiest repair. Still plenty of good used ones around though.
After it was treated with two coats of Akzo-Nobel rust converter, and I painted it in red. After lot of thinkering and head scratching we set off and started to remove all parts form the genious Monocoque back in May! No rust that I know of or can see. Drill holes and rustproof accordingly. All this was achieved while continuing to produce several hundred every day. I didn't have time to take the rear axle parts to powder coating, but the brake shoes arrived today! Some extensive damage was done when th valve got stuck between the piston and the head. During the welding, keep test fitting the door in the car to ensure good panel fit.
Exterior: Finished in black, both the exterior and undercarriage are rust-free. Under Michelin, Citroën was run as a research laboratory, a test bed for their and new automotive technologies. This method of construction was viewed with great suspicion in many quarters, with doubts about its strength. Enim enim adipisicing voluptate aliqua consectetur tempor non non in. And the cleaned and rust converted rear axle will go powder coating tomorrow! Sixty-five years old, it has been well-looked after by its four U.
It will be extensively restored front to bottom from the biggest parts to the smallest screws! Engine: The powerful 11B has a four-cylinder, 1911cc engine, mated to a manual 3-speed column gearchange. It is powered by the last generation 11D engine from 1955, giving it more torque and power. The height offset created by the spur gear set enabled the engine to sit lower, and became the reason why was called the 'Lowline', which not only made Brabham the World Champion in 1960 but also became the precursor to the establishment of as a constructor. Delivered for now but will come back for a rustproofing job. Construction of the new factory started on 21 April, and by the end of August the building's shell had been erected, four times the size of the factory that it replaced, and using 5,000 t 4,900 long tons; 5,500 short tons of structural iron and steel. After all this work which lasted for several years, the car emerged resplendent in metallic cherry coloured paint. Rust is invisible beneath the white sound deadening coating.
The development costs of the Traction Avant, combined with the redevelopment of its factory, were very high and Citroën declared bankruptcy in late 1934. He was on the lookout for another old car to restore when his father stumbled on an old Citroen Traction Avant. Well detailed rendering printed on art paper and signed by the artist. Citroën's gesture quickly came to be seen as , as the ensuing months became a race against time to finish the development of the car and tool up for its production before his investors lost patience. The Army of Shadows 1969. The novel design made the car seem very low-slung relative to its contemporaries — the Traction Avant always possessed a unique look, which went from appearing rakish in 1934 to familiar and somewhat old fashioned by 1955. We've listed all relevant models here.
N 2O back to business: it's only done to the point where you can see a hole, the upper part needs work aswell! The 11B Normale model has a longer wheelbase than the 11B Light, measuring 3,090 mm 122 in. Some were fitted with a sunroof. In the end the first car was presented at Citroën's huge Paris showroom on 18 April 1934, by which time principal dealers had already had their own private unveiling on 23 March. The seller states that the cosmetic work was finished to a high standard, and has provided additional detailed exterior pictures in the photo gallery below. The car sports its original black license plates from California and it is currently registered in California. Major hydraulic leaks on the braking system due to rodents The electronic injection system was floating 2 cylinders; so bad that raw gas was coming out from the exhaust! And I completed my next order from here: We will work on her tomorrow, but now I have to go out and chill out a bit! But the French transaxle was used by several racing car constructors in the late 1950s to 60s with various levels of success. This car starts easily, drives wonderfully, and needs nothing.