The French auction house Osenat today, Sunday, March 15th, sold this very rare 15/6 Citroën Traction Cabriolet, of which only three original versions were built. (Though there is a 4th that exists, shown at the 75th Traction Anniversary meet in Arras France, that claims to be original).
Though Osenat gave no estimate for the car, interest from buyers around the world had people speculating it would sell in the 500,000 € range. Well, after a hotly contested auction, it went to a French buyer for 612.400 €, – a record for a Citroën Traction, and perhaps even for a short while any Citroën!
Jean-Pierre Osenat, auctioneer of the sale commented upon completion; “We can therefore commend this as a rare piece of Citroën history that thankfully will remain in France.”
Granted this is a rare and exclusive Citroën, but it points the way to collectors finally realizing the engineering and styling attributes of the marque. Hence demand and rising prices!