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1951 CitroŽn 11 B 'Traction'

1951 CitroŽn 11 B in Top Gear, Non-fiction TV, 1978-2001 IMDB Ep. 1988

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: FR

1951 CitroŽn 11 B 'Traction'

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Comments about this vehicle


nzcarnerd NZ

2008-07-16 21:36


I presume being RHD that this one is Slough-built? Maybe pre-war??

johnfromstaffs EN

2008-07-16 21:52


If the registration is original, it is about 1950/51 and is, I think, a 15/6 and not a 11. What is bugging me is that the Slough built cars had all plated grilles, and not as shown in the picture.

We had, at home, a 1940 Slough built 12, which had Michelin Pilote wheels and radial ply Michelin "X" tyres, huge P100s and a rally sign post lamp on the driver's A-pillar. It also had two large Lucas spot lights, and Ace wheel discs. To say the least, it was a bit special. I loved it even though I was only seven when it went, in favour of a Morris Oxford! Quelle dommage.

chris40 UK

2008-07-16 22:01


I suspect that some effort has been made to disguise this car's Slough origins; I don't remember Slough TAs having wavy bumpers or Marchal headlights. Maybe the grille has been treated too.

DynaMike NL

2008-07-16 22:27


Apart from the RHD it looks in every detail as a 1949-1952 French-built 11 B (Normale). Not a Slough-built.

johnfromstaffs EN

2008-07-16 23:10


Forget the 15/6 comment, I think it is what was called in Britain a Big 15, i.e. Onze Normale.

nzcarnerd NZ

2008-07-17 09:02


I was right to be confused by the apparent French look but RHD. It would be interesting to know the story behind this one. In the '70s my brother had a (NZ new) 1947 Slough Light 15 (short boot and holey wheels)- it was a nice car. A revelation in cornering when there wasn't much else around that was front wheel drive.

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Q-Ball JP

2008-07-23 15:13


It coild be a Traction Avant

antp BE

2008-07-23 15:50


Q-Ball wrote It coild be a Traction Avant

That's rather obvious, but that was not a model name, just a global designation of various CitroŽn models of that era

XFjaguar US

2008-08-03 17:37


its a citroen 15cv traction avant

Gerry UK

2008-10-18 21:06


This car is a Paris built, right hand drive which was made as a special order for a French diplomat.The Paris factory made a number of right hand drives to special order and as can be seen from the picture is externally a French model with the curved bumper. I don't know whether the interior was a cloth upholstery with a painted dash or a Slough built interior with connolly hide seats and a wooden dash. If you look at www.citroenet.org.uk and then Slough built cars, traction avants, on the last page you will see this car with the number plate in your picture.

DynaMike NL

2008-10-18 22:14


Nice find Gerry! And welcome to the site!

bigbad EN

2008-11-17 22:36


Hi there

I owned a 1947 Traction Avant Paris built with right hand drive in South Africa, and an uncle of mine owned one as well.

After the war, if you ordered a Traction or Light 15 you might find a Slough built car or even a RHD Paris car at the docks in Cape Town....you might have ordered a big 6 and found that a big 15 was delivered, which had happened to a fellow member of the Crankhandle Club in Cape and believe me, you took what you got! Cos there was a waiting list of people with first refusals.

I also owned a 1949 Slough built Light Fifteen that some lucky person had ordered and actually had delivered by Atalanta, the Citoen agent at the time...now I drive a lovely grey Charleston 2cv

TheHeartbreakKid15 EN

2009-11-20 19:13


1951 and still on the road

The vehicle details for MLP 627 are:

Date of Liability 01 03 2010
Date of First Registration 28 10 1951
Year of Manufacture 1951
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 1911CC
CO2 Emissions Not Available
Fuel Type Petrol
Export Marker Not Applicable
Vehicle Status Licence Not Due
Vehicle Colour BLACK
Vehicle Type Approval

classiccarlover PT

2016-02-18 23:00


This car is one of the greats.

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