26th Jul, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

  Lot 9

1955 Citroën 11BL Traction Avant

Lot details

Registration No: NSU 708
Chassis No: 656505
MOT: Exempt

  • Built in Paris in 1955
  • Originally registered in France
  • Imported into the UK in 1988
  • Reconditioned 11D engine fitted in 1991
  • Full respray in 1994
  • Thorough mechanical and interior renovation in previous ownership

Arguably the quintessential French classic, the 'Traction Avant' is also regarded as a milestone classic, breaking ground with its monocoque construction, allied to its effective front-wheel drive and superior road holding. But while this French classic brims with engineering innovation, most onlookers are seduced by its charming Gallic pre-war styling, emphasised by its unusually low stance, made possible through the absence of a rear-drive prop shaft.

The Citroën Traction Avant offered here is an 11BL Saloon which was manufactured in Paris and first registered in France in April 1955 with the number ‘7461 RK 24’. It was imported into the UK by Mr Adam Booth in July 1988 and re-registered ‘NSU 708’. In June 1990 the car was sold to Mr John Saunders, who had a reconditioned 11D engine fitted by Jonathan Howard of Chipping Norton in 1991. Three years later, the Traction Avant was subjected to a full respray before it was put in dry storage between December 1995 and May 1998. It was then sold to Mr John Bolton who kept it until he sold it to the current keeper in July 2018. But not before he had lavished quite some attention and expense on the car, which included a complete interior retrim with new door cards, carpets, seats and headlining. Furthermore, the car was fitted with a fully reconditioned gearbox including an upgraded clutch kit, a reconditioned flywheel and dynamo, new bumpers, overriders and hubcaps and a new fuel tank. Additionally, it underwent a complete brake overhaul and upgrade including six new brake cylinders, eight new brake shoes a new remote servo and four new shock absorbers. The engine mounts were upgraded to reduce vibration and a new radiator, carburettor, fuel pump and distributor and cap, leads and plugs were fitted aswell. This lovely and characterful Citroën still presents quite well inside and out and is offered with a current V5 and a history file containing a collection of invoices, old MOTs and sundry Traction Owners Club documentation.

For more information, please contact:
Julian Pinkster
07889 223 904


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Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 26th Jul, 2023

An auction of classic, collector and performance motorcars to be held in the beautiful surrounds of the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire.  



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Tuesday 25th July 2023 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 26th July 2023 from 9am

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