1951 Big 15 / 6

1951 Big 15 / 6


The Traction Avant pioneered mass production of three revolutionary features still in use today: a unitary body with no separate frame, four-wheel independent suspension, and front-wheel drive. The Traction Avant’s structure was a welded unitary body / chassis. Most other cars of the era were based on a separate chassis onto which the non-structural coachwork was built.

The novel design made the car very low-slung relative to its contemporaries – the Traction Avant was always distinctive, which went from appearing rakish in 1934 to familiar and somewhat old fashioned by 1955.

The 15CV model was called Big Six in reference to its 6-cylinder engine. This example of the Big Six was sold new in New Zealand and has had a very sedate life. Never being on salted roads the car is clean and straight and boasts mainly original paint, interior and low miles. My client the third and current owner of the vehicle has been a Citroen enthusiast his entire life. The time has come for him to reluctantly release it from his collection, and let a new enthusiastic owner take control of the wheel.

Seldom do opportunities like this arise. This vehicle has a graceful patina that is so often lost and can never be recreated. This is a very special car in fact In France, the Traction is known as “Reine de la Route” (“Queen of the Road”) and rightfully so.

The car is accompanied by a file of paperwork, invoices and original ownership papers.

Please note the vehicle is reading in Miles.

Chassis Number: 15C9-118818

Engine Number: PM-07712

Please contact me for further information and photos.

BAINS CLASSIC MOTOR HOUSE Is a low volume boutique classic car broker. Viewing is by appointment only in our North Canterbury Motor House.




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  • Mileage: 25000 Miles
  • Model Year: 1951
  • Trans: Manual
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Ext color: Green
  • Int color: Tan