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Found: 1949 Citroen Traction Avant

Alex Kierstein August 13, 2012 All Things Hoon 8 Comments

Before (and, to be honest, a bit after) the Ponton era shamelessly consigned flowing, unintegrated fenders to VW-based clones of prewar cars, the Traction Avant was like that dapper elderly ladies’ man at the nursing home. He’s outlasted all his competition and still looks pretty suave, so he’s got the run of the place. And this  is the perfect example of that rather creepy simile.

Unlike sexually active elderly folks, however, the thought of a TA shouldn’t put you off your meal, especially when you consider that these stylish and rakish sedans manage to combine a pretty unique set of bonuses. There’s of course the gamechanging front-wheel drive that did more to pave the way for that format than any other car. And it’s low, and long. Finally, it was in production for so damn long that any ideosyncracies of the driveline were pretty well sorted by the end of the run in the 1950s. But the best part? They’re just about the most pre-war European style you can get for the buck. Dollar for dollar, it’s tough to find a prewar-designed car that looks or drives as good as one of these. And they’re still fairly common, even in the Francophobic US-of-A (FREEDOM FRIES!) which helps keep the price down. Grab a fedora and a slim pinstriped suit (or a dress of some sort), and start cruising by those retirement homes.

This particular TA on eBay inspired us to consider the virtues of these cars. We’re always shocked about how inexpensive they are – the style-to-cost ratio is off the charts. Plus look at whorehouse-velour interior (credit to Murilee for that particular turn of phrase)!

  • Any car that puts the gearbox in front of the engine and the passengers behind it is automatically awesome in my book.

  • Whorehouse-velour interior is due for a comeback.

  • Maymar

    Like many enthusiasts, I'm ambivalent to FWD cars, but the French do it right. There's a group of guys in Toronto's west end that own assorted Gallic machinery – I had to pull over last week upon spotting a TA, 205 GTI, and several 2CV parked on Bloor St for a meeting. They're all delightfully weird and charming cars.

    Although, if I had a TA of my own, there's be some vauge scene of an underground rebellion taking on the Nazis playing out in my head when I drove it, instead of cruising for geriatric birds.

  • topdeadcentre

    Lovely styling… such panache… there are nearly none of these around Boston… I must have it!

  • Irishzombieman

    I always thought these were goofy looking cars. They looked like something that might, at any moment, disgorge ten or more clowns.

    Then, around the time I was having a major shift in thinking regarding what made a car awesome, I saw this pic:

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    and I've loved them ever since. And the now me can't for the life of him figure out why the then me didn't love them before.

    • Han_Solex

      Saleté couverte citroen, je t'aime.

  • Van_Sarockin

    My inner Gauloise smoking French gangster in a fedora really needs this.

    • Irishzombieman

      You have one of those too?



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