Citroen is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Traction Avant by taking a look back at the model that paved the way for modern front-wheel drive vehicles.

Citroen is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Traction Avant by taking a look back at the model that paved the way for modern front-wheel drive vehicles.

Originally unveiled in April 1934, the Traction Avant had a steel monocoque body and aerodynamic styling which still looks good today. However, the biggest breakthrough was the car's innovative front-wheel drive system that gave it impressive handling and traction. This doesn't sound terribly exciting today but in the 1930's virtually all cars were rear-wheel drive and the few front-wheel drive models that existed were horribly unreliable.

As part of the celebrations, Citroen will display Traction Avants at various events throughout the year. The company will also bring a 1955 Traction Avant Sans Frontières 11BL to a special event in Roost-Warendin where it is expected to be joined by approximately 800 other Traction Avants.

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