Last month we published a photo of the Madame Michelin Traction Avant 15-6 Roadster in the USA under Richard Haynes’ ownership and prior to Auggie Pabst acquiring the car from him. (Read the article here: https://citroenvie.com/early-usa-photo-of-madame-michelin-15-6-cabriolet/). It sparked interest from Citroënvie member Ronny Kienhuis who now lives in France but attended the Red Dellinger estate auction Mechanicsburg, PA on Sept. 10, 2008, when he was living in the USA. Ronny recalled that at the auction he purchased an envelope marked “Mme Michelin Traction” that contained a number of photos and negatives showing the car as it was found by Red on Auggie Pabst’s farm at Oconomowoc Lake, WI in 1990, its transport to Red’s Citroën service shop in Mechanicsburg, and its display at Carlisle in 1991. Thanks to Ronny, who sent them along, we are pleased to share them, many never seen before and showing in detail the condition of the car in Red’s care. We also contacted Brad Nauss, who worked for Red at the time, and got his input which is included in the photo captions.
What a treasure trove of photos and added historical info documenting the time that Red owned the Madame Michelin 15-6 Roadster.
You can read the interview we did with Red about his acquiring both the Mme Michelin Traction and the C6 Familiale from Auggie Pabst in the Winter 2008 edition of Citroënthusiast.
You can also view the photos Ronny Kienhuis found in the “Michelin Traction” envelope on Flickr here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmKD3pqv