For Sale – 1939 Traction Avant 11BL Roadster

An authentic Red Traction Roadster that for most of it’s life has resided in the USA. Runs and drives well.

This convertible version of the Traction is quite rare. (There are only a handful in North America.)

Body in very good condition. Older repaint, still shows well.

Mileage: 54,860 kms (believed to be original).
VIN: 436482, Original body shell number: AR41466. Original engine number: DR06376.

According to The Citroën Archives Centre, Terre-Blanche, France the car was manufactured on May 3, 1939 in France.

The original owner of the roadster, Reid Elwell, a teacher in Carrington North Dakota was drafted during World War II. He served with the occupation forces in Germany until late 1946 as a captain. In 1947, he registered the car in Carrington ND. Eighteen years later he sold the car to Arnold Rodvik from LeCenter, MN in 1965 and the car stayed within the family with two different family members. The current owner has had it since 1980.

Before 1980, the owner is not sure what work was done since the previous owners are deceased. Since 1980, the car has been mostly in storage. At times, when the owner could work on it – he would. The following is a list of items that have been done by the current owner:

  • The engine was rebuilt with new piston rings & valves, bearings & seals.
  • New clutch and pressure plates & throw-out bearings
  • Transmission case (welded and gun coated)
  • Two new front drive shafts
  • Reworked the entire brake system and replaced the flexible brake hoses. Front brakes and drums – upgraded to 10” brakes. Realigned rear brake drums and installed 8” shoes.
  • New wheel bearings on all 4 wheels
  • Rebuilt starter and generator
  • Rewired electrical system with current wiring specs
  • Sealed fuel tank and added new fuel sensor float
  • Added new convertible top and rebuilt new wooden bows for convertible
  • Installed new carpet
  • Installed a motorcycle turn signal system

An original NOS clock for the missing one in the instrument cluster has been ordered from France and is included in the sale.

Set of original pilot rims also included in the sale.

Located near Howard Lake, Minnesota.

Price: $70,000 USD. Contact: or call: 612-554-0651.

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