This Traction Avant is one of 1,963 RHD cars made in 1950 at Citroens Slough England plant. We have also restored a 1938 Light 12, and partially restored a very rare RHD Slough Light 15 Coupe - see Restoration gallery.
It has the small boot, pierced easyclean wheels - differentiating it from the later Light 15 with the larger boot & solid wheels sold until the introduction of the DS range in 1955.
Believed to be a one gentleman owner, Taranaki new vehicle that was never driven above 45mph!
This car was in amazing original condition until a freak fire.
The man was having his house steam cleaned. Unfortunately the exhaust of the steam cleaner was up against the shed where the Citroen was stored & the shed caught fire, gutting the car, and one presumes, the owner.
The car was retrieved by the local agents, Adlams European & dry stored as is for many years until we put a would be owner onto them.
After sandblasting, the shell was back to almost pristine condition with almost no trace of rust, which makes the rebuild more cost effective. The old adage ?the bitterness of disappointment lasts long after the sweetness of low price? is very true in regards to restoration, and to buy the best, most original vehicle you can afford is generally the most sensible option.
This customer was originally based in Nelson, but has moved to Hamilton. He also owns an immaculate black 1952 Morris Minor 4 door sedan with red upholstery that we restored some time ago.