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Citroen – Traction Avant

Citroën had done reasonably well in the years following the end of World War I and the tough economic conditions of the late 1920’s and 1930’s, but then things changed. Traction Avant (front wheel drive) became the in thing.

Tea Garden, cakes and puddings

In 1934 Citroen launched the Traction Avant, which was the world’s first mass produced front wheel drive motor car. It was also one of the first with a unitary type body with no chassis supporting the engine, gearbox and other mechanisms. It had independent suspension on all four wheels and the front wheel drive obviated the need of a drive shaft and differential to the back wheels.

The Citroën Traction Avant was produced from 1934 until 1957 with several upgrades over the period. The car has been seen in over 1200 different films and apart from the Ford Model T is probably the most recognised vintage or veteran car ever. The Bottom image is the Familiale or “family” version which was merely a stretched version of that model, probably used in Government fleets of the day. You can read about the Citroën beginnings here

The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.

Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.

The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School. 


Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.

Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.

Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind is dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.

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1935-1938 Citroen Traction Avant Cabriolet – PLawrence99cx
1948 Citroen Traction Avant Charles 01 
1948 Citroen Traction Avant – Black Rear Luftfahrrad
1956 Traction Avant Blue Rex Gray from Southern California
Citroen Traction Avant 11 Familiale – Theo SG 2012
1950 Citroën Traction Avant – Theo SG2012

The Westrand Car Show takes place annually and we try to get a broad range of interesting vehicles including veteran cars, vintage cars, classic cars. Street customs, muscle cars, hot rods, superLDVs and motorbikes. The Citroens Traction Avant featured above are typical of the cars we wish to attract.