A Traction Avant ‘Faux-Cabriolet’ will be auctioned on June
Estimated selling price is in the € 80.000 – 100.000 range.
You can find the auction listing here: https://www.metayer-auction.com/vehicules-anciens-et-de-collection-cycles-jouets-automobiles-et-plaques-emaillees-15062019/20620-lot-1.html
Read this story in the article written by Claude Bohère in «La Vie de l’Auto» from May 23rd, 2019. (See the English translation in the text below the document).
The Colonel’s Traction Coupé…
How often does one come across an authentic Citroën Traction Coupé? Not very often. But an only second-hand Traction Coupé and with quite an unusual story? Please stay tuned, it is definitively worth it:
The story of this car starts on a 21st November 1934 at the French Citroën manufacturer building in Javel – Paris, exactly one month before Citroën had to file for insolvency. This day the body of the just mounted “faux cabriolet” car is erroneously registered as a “cabriolet” under the number AJ 02 99. At that time, the cars registrations were executed by hand at most of the car manufacturers. But this error shall be repeated twice again; firstly, when the bodywork was still in the production room of Citroën and was attributed a serial number, which was to be erased quickly due to two cabriolet commissions. Only on 19 of March 1937 will the car with the serial number 355420 and the type name 11 AL, then finally leave the production room. It will be exhibited at the Centre Automobile Est-Parisien, at Gustave Baehr’s, an important Citroën concession holder on Boulevard Voltaire in Paris. While the new 11 BL cars are already on sale, the blue “faux Cabriolet“ is still sporting details of the former production series: dashboard with mileage counter in the middle, two ventilation traps under the windscreen, symmetrical bonnet handles and not opposite, Gemmer steering (not rack and pinion), Houdailles suspension on the back axle. No doubt, the price tag was attractively lower than the official list price published by Citroën in March 1937. The sum of 28,500 Francs was the official asking price for a “Faux Cabriolet” 11 CV.
Colonel Marius Lhuillier cannot resist this offer; he acquires the car on the 19 of May 1937. The Bill of Sale still shows “Cabriolet”! Born in 1887, it is this Colonel
In 1965 the befriended couple and their son of 15 years pay a visit to the Colonel: the excitement of the adolescent in front of the coupé is so flattering that the Colonel generously offers the car to the boy. Since that time, the automobile has never left him. In 1977 the mechanics and electrics were completely redone and it was given new night blue and Oxford white paintwork. The underside and mechanicals were left original, as was the interior. The seating is still in original condition: cream fabric cover in the interior, brown moleskin headliner. The odometer reading shows just 63,300 kilometres, confirmed by the owner who drove the car only occasionally. But time marches on and this unique Coupé will have to find a proud new owner – only the third one in 82 years! The Citroën Traction faux Coupé will be offered on sale by Auction House Metayer Nevers – Paris on 15th of June on the racing grounds of Magny-Cours in France, not far away from Nevers in the Burgundy (www.metayer-auction.com).