Dinky Toys 24N; Citroen 11BL Traction Avant
The CitroŽn Traction Avant was a range of mostly 4-door saloons and executive cars, with four or six-cylinder engines, produced by the French manufacturer CitroŽn from 1934 to 1957. Approximately 760,000 units were produced. Whilst front-wheel drive and independent suspension had been well established in the mass market by Auto Union and others some years before, the Traction Avant pioneered mass-production of a crash resistant, unitary, monocoque body. Additionally, the car was also an early adopter of rack and pinion steering,
The French Dinky was made from 1948 to 1958, there are three distinct castings and a number of lesser upgrades, very early cars have a tinplate front bumper and a small rear window, as production progressed the rear window was enlarged, the boot lid lost the shape of the spare wheel and the front bumper was incorporated into the casting, to be sure which one you have you need to check one of the guides as there are several more variations. It has now been incorporated into the modern Atlas Editions Dinky toys range as produced by Norev.