1949 Citroën Traction 15/6

Last updated on September 27, 2022

Today’s Car is a 1949 Citroën Traction 15/6 and it is owned by Chuck Forward. It is finished in Green (body) and Black (fenders) with a Black Interior. It is powered by a 76 hp, 175 cu in, 2,8 Liter, in line 6 cylinder with a single Solex 30 PPAI carburetor. Transferring that power to the rear wheels through a 3-speed manual transmission and transferring that power to the front wheel drive (FWD) with a 3.88:1 gear ratio.  Helping slow this beauty down are hydraulic drum brakes in all 4-corners. The suspension was very advanced for the car’s era. While this is a FWD the front wheels are independently sprung, using a torsion bar and wishbone suspension arrangement The rear suspension is a simple steel beam axle and a Panhard rod, trailing arms and torsion bar.

The Citroën Traction 15/6 was produced between 1938 – 1957 with a total production of around 50,000. There were total of 49,424 Citroën’s built in 1949 with 6,047 of them being Traction 15/6,  While this number seems small the 15/6 sold in much higher quantities than most of it competitors, effectively capturing the market for executive cars post war in France. The original MSRP for the 15/6 was $2,975.00. The published top speed was 81 mph with a 0-60 mph time of 20.1 seconds. The term Traction Avant means FWD. Another interesting fact is that the right hand drive versions of this car were manufactured in England.

This is a great car that represents the French / European post war executive car market. This car will draw car enthusiast at any French / European car show or Cars and Coffee events or this would be just a great car for a ride up the coast for Brunch with the family. Thanks for riding along. Frank