1935 Citroën 7C ‘Traction’ Cabriolet  Chassis no. 061037

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Lot 153
1935 Citroën 7C ‘Traction’ Cabriolet
Chassis no. 061037

Sold for € 86,250 (US$ 97,376) inc. premium
1935 Citroën 7C ‘Traction’ Cabriolet
Chassis no. 061037
Colour: Black

Cylinders: 4; 1,628cc
Gears: 3 + reverse
Power: 36bhp
Produced: 1935-1938
Production: 69,469 (of all 7C types 1935-1940)

‘Many (Vintage Sports Car) Club members soon after the war who could afford to run a modern as well as Vintage car, or who needed a modern car for business, selected the excellent front-wheel-drive Citroën. Perhaps influenced by this, the committee decided that the pre-war FWD Citroën qualified as a PVT (Post-Vintage Thoroughbred).’ - Peter Hull, The History of the Vintage Sports Car Club, 1964.

Nowadays few would challenge the VSCC’s appraisal of the legendary ‘Traction Avant’, for this ground-breaking design marked a decisive turning point in the development of automotive technology. It was in May 1934 that Andre Citroën had unveiled his masterstroke, which completely broke away from existing canons of automotive design. Body and chassis were combined in one unit and the engine drove the front wheels, while torsion bar springing gave the car exceptional stability on bends. The front-drive Citroën became known as ‘the car you can’t overturn’. Major advances in design, in whatever field, are seldom achieved cheaply and the development costs of the Traction had been so immense that Andre Citroën lost control of his firm to the Michelin tyre company. A broken man, he died in 1935. His legacy though, continued to progress; a six-cylinder Traction, the 15/6, appeared in 1938 and by the outbreak of war some 250,000 Tractions of all types had been built.

This rare Traction 7C Cabriolet spent more than 30 years in a private collection in Germany and retains its period French (Parisian) number-plates. Rust free when acquired by the present owner in 2005, the car has since been treated to a full mechanical restoration by Citroën Beck in Germany. This work included overhauling the engine and brakes, and upgrading the electrics to 12 volts (the original 6-volt dynamo comes with the car).

The car comes complete with tool kit, German (Oldtimer) registration papers and a photographic record of the mechanical restoration.

• Motoring legend
• Rare cabriolet version
• Fresh from mechanical restoration

1935 Citroën 7C ‘Traction’ Cabriolet
Châssis no. 061037
Couleur : Noir

Nombre de cylindres : 4
Cylindrée : 1,628cc
Nombre de rapports : 3 + marche arrière
Puissance : 36 chevaux
Années de production : 1935-1938
Production : 69,469 (de toutes les 7C entre 1935-1940)

En mai 1934, André Citroën révéla au monde son travail d’orfèvre, un projet qui se détachait très clairement de tout ce qui avait été fait dans l’industrie automobile jusqu’à présent. La carrosserie et le châssis ne faisaient plus qu’un élément, le moteur transmettait aux roues avant alors que le système de barre de torsion rendait la voiture exceptionnellement stable en courbe. La Citroën Traction Avant était d’ailleurs connue comme la voiture ‘inretournable’. Les avancées technologiques, quelles qu’elles soient ont un prix et celui du développement de la Traction était tel que André Citroën du céder le contrôle de sa société aux pneus Michelin. L’homme mourut brisé et dépité en 1935. La légende de la Traction poursuivit son cours avec l’installation en 1936 du six cylindres dans la 15/6 et au début de la guerre, la production de Traction (tous modèles confondus) s’élevait à près de 250 000.

Ce rare Cabriolet Traction 7C a passé plus de 30 ans dans une collection privée allemande et conserve ses plaques numéralogiques françaises (parisiennes !) d’origine. La voiture achetée par l’actuel propriétaire en 2005 est très saine (sans corrosion) a vu sa mécanique restaurée par Citroën Beck en Allemagne. A cette occasion, le moteur et les freins ont été vérifiés et le système électrique a été passé en 12V (la dynamo 6V d’origine vient avec la voiture).

La voiture vient avec sa trousse à outils, ses documents d’immatriculation allemands (historiques) et un dossier illustré de la restauration.

• Légende automobile
• Le cabriolet est la version la plus rare et la plus désirable
• Restauration récente de qualité
1935 Citroën 7C ‘Traction’ Cabriolet  Chassis no. 061037
1935 Citroën 7C ‘Traction’ Cabriolet  Chassis no. 061037
1935 Citroën 7C ‘Traction’ Cabriolet  Chassis no. 061037
1935 Citroën 7C ‘Traction’ Cabriolet  Chassis no. 061037
1935 Citroën 7C ‘Traction’ Cabriolet  Chassis no. 061037
1935 Citroën 7C ‘Traction’ Cabriolet  Chassis no. 061037
1935 Citroën 7C ‘Traction’ Cabriolet  Chassis no. 061037
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