Citroen - Citroen Traction Avant

The Citroen Traction Avant (front wheel drive) was an advanced vehicle with independent front suspension and a welded monocoque chassis, the chassis construction saving considerable overall weight. The original model was the 1300cc  type 7A produced in April 1934 which within a few months was given a larger 1530cc engine and other upgrades to become the 7B. By September the new 7C now had an even larger 1628cc engine as development was accelerating. For the end of that year the engine increased to 1911cc, this Ciroen being known as the 11CV. The 11CV eventually came in a choice if the standard 11BL "Legere" (or the "Light" in England) or the longer wheelbase and wider track 11B "Normale". 1936 saw rack and pinion steering introduced. And finally let's not forget the Familiale long chassis car with a fold away middle row of seats which could seat up to 9 adults! Traction Avant production continued to the end of 1957.

The 1991cc cars that were assembled in the UK mostly in right had drive form were known as the "Light 15" due to the British RAC horespower calculation, with the 6 cylinder model referred to as the "Big Six". To avoid the import duty on these Traction Avants, a minimum of 50% of these Citroens had to be manufactured within Britain, hence the English instruments and so on. Not so different today, now that the UK has left the EU and wants to send cars the other way!

The Citroen Traction Avant was fitted with millimetric 400mm (15.75 inches) wheels having sizes 140/40, 150/40 and 160/40 tyre sizes, with 165/400 being introduced in 1938. The 165R400 was the tyre of choice up to the final production of the 11CV Traction in 1957. The Blockley 165R400 tyre is the perfect fitment for Citroen Traction Avant models, offering great handling from this high quality steel belt construction tyre. The Blockley 165HR400 has the full diameter of the 165R400 Michelin, but is guaranteed to handle better. See full details of this 165HR400 tyre below:

Blockley Products for Citroen Citroen Traction Avant

175/185x16 Thickened Inner Tube

Blockley Thickened Inner Tube

£21.00 (£25.20 inc. VAT)


Blockley Radial

£139.00 (£166.80 inc. VAT)