Citroen Traction 11CV

The 1930s not only were a time of rapid development for aircraft, but automotive technology also progressed.


After the jump, a look at a wartime automotive classic.

This car should be familiar to almost anyone who’s ever seen a movie set in wartime Europe.  The Citroen Traction family of cars were the first mass produced front wheel drive cars.  They also pioneered Unibody construction.  And did it all at an affordable price.


Like so many consumer goods, construction was badly disrupted by the war.  But nearly 1000 had been delivered to the French Army prior to the surrender; and as production wound down afterwards, the German military would take possession of many hundreds more.


Because the type was rugged, dependable and economical it would be popular with the resistance too.  Production resumed after the war, until the 1950s, by which time its styling was considered quaint and in need of replacement.

Slight size difference between the Citroen and a Ford!

Slight size difference between the Citroen and a Ford!

This is the Tamiya kit.


~ Up Next: Dornier Do 335A-1 Pfeil

About atcDave

I'm 5o-something years old and live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I'm happily married to Jodie. I was an air traffic controller for 33 years and recently retired; grew up in the Chicago area, and am still a fanatic for pizza and the Chicago Bears. My main interest is military history, and my related hobbies include scale model building and strategy games.
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1 Response to Citroen Traction 11CV

  1. Theresa says:

    Interesting vehicle for its time.

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