Lot 85 (The Pavilion Gardens, 19th July 2018)
Sold for £11,812
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: OSU 311
Chassis No: 273894
Mot Expiry: July 2019
- Rare surviving Familiale version which was among the world's first MPVs
- Huge history file going back over 40 years and with its last family for 30 years
- Original handbooks / maintenance books, recent clutch and major service
Vendor Condition Ratings:
Bodywork: 'Very Good'
Electrical Equipment: 'Excellent'
Gearbox: 'Very Good'
Interior Trim: 'Excellent'
Current MOT certificate valid until 3rd July 2019
Introduced at the April 1934 Paris Salon, the Traction Avant was a technological tour-de-force thanks to its unique combination of a monocoque chassis, front-wheel drive, torsion bar independent suspension, hydraulic brakes and (from 1936) rack and pinion steering. Powered by a 1911cc four-cylinder OHV engine allied to manual transmission, the 11CV remained in production until July 1957. Of the 759,111 Traction Avants made, just 11,323 are thought to have been the eight-seater Familiale version. Equipped with a folding third row of seats, the innovative saloon has been hailed by some as the world's first MPV and is rather more stylish than today's 'People Carriers'.