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1949 CitroŽn Light Fifteen LHD 'Traction' [11]

1949 CitroŽn Light Fifteen LHD [11] in A Weekend With Lulu, Movie, 1961 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: FR — Built in: UK

1949 CitroŽn Light Fifteen LHD 'Traction' [11]

Position 01:20:44 [*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

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DidierF FR

2015-03-31 18:53

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Ultra-fake plate. And tons of pics available for it too. On demand.

zodiac SE

2015-03-31 19:36

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"Louvres" instead of two hatches suggest this is not a smaller 7 CV, but rather a post war version, like the 11 CV.
A stright bumber (instead of a curved one) and chevrons mounted behind the (chromed) grille suggests a Slough built CitrŲen. Perhaps a "Light Fifteen"?

Edit:
"Light Fifteen" was the Slough equivallent to the French 11 CV, commonly known as B 11.
To be acknowledged as a UK version, the CKD built cars had to consist of at least 51 per cent of which were built in the UK. Hence other differences between the French and the Slough built versions were that the Slough built had 12V Lucas electrical system, leather upholstery and a walnut dashboard.

-- Last edit: 2015-03-31 19:45:00

DidierF FR

2015-03-31 19:44

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But it's a LHD, contrary to the Traction cabriolet seen elsewhere.

zodiac SE

2015-03-31 19:57

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If I understand this correctly, both LHD and RHD versions were being built both in Paris and at Slough, albeit most cars built in Paris were LHD and most cars built at Slough were RHD.

I used to deliver morning papers for a while, and used a RHD Opel Kadett E. As it was RHD I assumed it was a Vauxhall in disguise, but it wasn't, I discovered, when I looked at the chassis plate. It was built at RŁsselsheim, Germany.

sixcyl FR

2015-03-31 22:40

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Seems a Slough's production indeed, despite LHD. UK version of the small French 11BL.
Bonnet, grill and bumpers match with postwar Light Fifteen (1952... i'd say), but high position of screen whippers, simili roof (?) makes it as a pre-war Twelve.... :think:

-- Last edit: 2015-03-31 22:40:55

johnfromstaffs EN

2015-03-31 22:56

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My Dad had a 1939 Slough built 1628cc traction from 1952 to 1955. It had the grille shown, Michelin starfish wheels and a wooden dash, using the small body like this and the bonnet sides had two opening vents. The headlights were bigger than on this car, and the sidelights were chrome plated and sat upon the top of the wings, like on an Austin.

DidierF FR

2015-04-03 06:26

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For this one, I have pic galore.

I begin with thisówhich is not told to be the [*][*][*][*] in main pic, but which could be the same, for what I know:
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Then,
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(In this last sequence, we briefly see two Tractions together on the screen, the inspector's car and a tourist's, ready to embark the Bristol. I didn't capture it, for, you knowÖ Too much is too much.)

-- Last edit: 2015-04-03 06:27:16

zodiac SE

2015-04-06 22:16

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As nobody else seems interested I'll give it a go and trying to understand what is going on.

I found an interesting "Traction" homepage http://www.cats-citroen.net/citroen_tractionavant/index.html (click on England) which do lists some production changes:
In 1948 (quote) "Some modifications. The windscreen wipers are now fitted on the bottom of the windscreen. New rounded pressed steel bumpers. The wheels are now Rubery Owen ones. The chevrons are fitted to the back of the grille. In September the Six Cylinder reappears."
Then no visible changes until 1951 when "American style overriders on the bumpers Winged crank hole cover. Fog lights and sliding sunroof optional."

Apart from the windscreen wiper position all seems to be reasonably correct for 1948-50 MY.
(Rubery Owen wheels http://www.lotus7register.co.uk/images/l7s1pix/s1wheel.jpg ) Earlier versions had the Michelin starfish "Pilote" wheels fitted as standard.

If considering the possibility this is a 1948+ car, there were several options:
- 1948 11CL6 Light Fifteen and Six Cylinder
- 1949 Light Fifteen, Light Fifteen LHD and Six Cylinder
- 1950 Light Fifteen, Light Fifteen LHD and Six Cylinder

In fact, according to that page, the only version available as LHD from Slough was the "Light Fifteen LHD" built from 1949 until 1954. That is 304 in total, some 2 per cent of the whole Traction production in Slough (about 16.000).

Until proven wrong, I believe this is a 1949-50 CitroŽn Light Fifteen LHD.

-- Last edit: 2015-04-06 23:10:03

DidierF FR

2015-04-06 22:22

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Bah, moi Áa m'va. (Aw rite with me.)

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