The Citroën Traction Avant presented to the press on April 18, 1934. Initially its trade name was 7A, but their technical solutions could with marketing and adoption of propulsion to the front axle caused that for the general public this new Citroën pass into history as the Traction Avant. That first Citroen Traction Avant 7A mounted a 1,303 cm3 four-cylinder engine delivering 32 hp and also I bet on the self-supporting body -chassis and body merge into one inseparable unit-, lowering weight and center of gravity. It was also innovative use in manufacturing anti-corrosion paint. It occur until 1957, then with six-cylinder engine and 2867 cm3 and 77 hp. There was body four-door coupe with dimensions between 4.45 and 4.96 meters and weights ranging between 900 and 1,380 kilos.
Its realization is due to one of the most legendary tandems that has given the history of the automotive industry: aeronautical engineer André Lefèbvre and the first sculptor and designer then, the Italian Flaminio Bertoni. Both of them would create for Citroen legendary cars in automotive history as the Traction Avant or Citroën 2CV Citroen DS or. History is pronounced appointment Ferry Porsche at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1956, when he contemplated the DS"I know the engineer who designed this vehicle. Lefebvre surname. He's a genius. I had never seen such concentrated technique in a production vehicle"Said the legendary creator of Porsche.