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).

Traction 15-6 Cabriolet Record Sale 1

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!

Traction 15-6 Cabriolet Record Sale rear 2

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.”

Traction 15-6 Cabriolet Record Sale rear

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!