1954 Citroën Traction Avant 11BL - Fully Restored

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Technical specifications

Fuel Type:Gasoline
Interior Color:Grey
Engine:4 cyl - 1800 cc
Trim:4 Door Sedan - Suicide doors
Number of Cylinders:4
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The Traction Avant was built in France, Belgium and the UK from 1934 until 1957 (with an interruption during WW2). It was full of innovation for the time, including the first mass produced front wheel drive, the first unibody car, the first car with independent suspensions, etc a total of 760,000 were made, although very few survived.
In the US, there are only a handful of these cars, and almost none fully restored.
This car was originally purchased from the estate of the original owner in 2012. It had been sitting in a garage in the California desert since 1976. The body was in great shape, with no rust, but the engine was seized and all non metal parts were destroyed.
The car was originally bought by the previous owner in France, in 1956, driven for 3 months in Europe then shipped to Los Angeles. It was used mostly on a Navy Base by his wife for all of its life, until the engine died in 1976 and they could not find parts These days, it is a whole lot easier to find parts in Europe through the internet.
This car was completely disassembled, down to the last nut and bolt, it was sand blasted and the body was completely restored in California. The engine and absolutely all parts were completely stripped and rebuilt to original specs. As much as possible, the original fasteners were restored, threads cleaned and re-used in their original place. All rubber, leather boots, seals and gaskets are new. The wire harness is completely new and so are all the lights and turn signals. The car sports its original black license plates from California and it is currently registered in California. The car has been in New Hampshire with me since June of this year and it is stored in a climate controlled facility.
This car runs like a charm, starts right up and idles very well. There is the usual oil drip at the crank shaft seal system, as it uses a counter thread system to throw the oil back when the engine runs. when the engine stops, a bit of oil may escape through a capillary process. It is normal and amounts to about 2 to 3 dime size drips every time the engine stops. (see pic of the seal in question)
Total invested in the restoration is well over $60,000 not counting the thousands of hours of labor I put in, cleaning and restoring all the original parts, nuts and bolts.
The only "upgrades" or non-original parts are: A new Diaphragm Clutch to replace the original pressure plates and a modern set of Homokinetic sealed drive shafts to replace the original cardans.
The interior is completely new, with original trim and colors. The seats were stuffed with the original horse hair stuffing and the carpet is entirely new, in the right color and shape.The windshield and rear window are new (the originals were too scratched) but the side windows are original. (original windows were saved and available)
I used Dynomat on the entire interior of the car, to replace the original tar and fiber insulation material. It brings additional sound and temperature insulation which is welcomed in this vintage car.
The car was presented last month at the Misselwood Concours D'Elegance and won second place in it's category at the Boston Cup Concours D'Elegance last week.
I am looking to sell this car in order to launch another restoration project on another Citroen but this is not a fire sell, so no need to call me to make low=ball offers.
Feel free to call me with any questions / observations. 1-603-828-1812
This car is being sold AS-IS with no warranty either expressed or implied. Do not call to discuss the reserve price, I intend to let the auction run its course and will contact the bidders with the 3 highest offers at the end of the auction if the reserve price is not met.
The California title is clear. Car and title will be allowed to ship once all funds are received. I will NOT arrange shipping overseas.
** Note that mileage listed is 1000 miles and represents the amount of miles since the restoration. The actual mileage on the counter is 99,xxx KM

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