The 1st Ciroen Traction Avant, Model 7, 1934
1 9 3 4 THE YEAR OF CITROňN
In 1933 CitroŽn met an engineer , called Andrť Lefebvre. His revolutionary ideas
about car technology made a great impact on Andrť CitroŽn. The same year , the
green light was given to a secret project : PROJECT 7.
In March 1933 , a team of engineers consisting of Lefebvre , Julien , Sainturat
Franchiset and designer Flaminio Bertoni started to develop a revolutionary car.
On the 15th of April 1934 the first CitroŽn Traction Avant 7 CV was introduced
to the press.
What a design !!!
The team created a new CitroŽn within 13 months .
An incredible achievement !
The Traction Avant was far ahead itīs time. The self-contained bodywork , the
modern design , the suspension and front-wheel drive were very unique for that time.
The introduction of the Traction Avant was a success but CitroŽn needed a financial
injection to overcome production failures. The company was under a lot of pressure
and in 1935 CitroŽn was taken over by Michelin.
In the same year Francois Lecot , (who successfully tested the Traction Avant in 1934)
drove 200.000 km with an Traction Avant 11 CV over one year. A remarkable
achievement that Andrť CitroŽn unfortunately didn't witness, as he died in 1935.