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Citroen Traction Avant


Citroen Traction Avant

Citroen was known for building revolutionary cars, and it was the Traction Avant that earned the company its visionary reputation. The name literally translates as 'forward traction', and celebrates the fact the Traction Avant was the first car to go into mass production with front-wheel-drive in 1934. But the running gear wasn't the only piece of technical wizardry, for the Traction Avant was also one of the first unitary construction cars, meaning it didn't use a separate chassis, and Citroen once famously pushed one off a cliff to demonstrate how strong the shell was. Other novelties included air-cushioned engine mounts and radial tyres. The Avant was amazingly agile to drive, and it would be up to 30 years before other manufacturers caught up. The car remained in production throughout World War II and production only finished in 1957.

Citroen Traction Avant Specifications

Top speed:71 mph (114 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):16.4 sec
Engine type:in-line four
Displacement:114 ci (1,911 cc)
Transmission:3-speed manual
Max power:56 bhp (42 kW) at 4,250 rpm
Max torque:90 lb ft (122 Nm) at 2,000 rpm
Weight:2,549 lb (1,147 kg)
Economy:21 mpg (7.5 km/I)
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