With its low centre of gravity, all steel monocoque body, light weight and honed aerodynamics, the new model revolutionised the automotive world, which consisted almost entirely of rear-wheel-drive vehicles.
As a result, the front-wheel-drive Traction Avant boasted standard-setting characteristics for handling and road holding.
Citroën is celebrating 80 years of the Traction Avant in 2014 with a series of events dedicated to the famous model.
Starting off the year's celebrations, the Paris-based Retromobile show in February featured two Traction Avant 11 Familiale models, dated 1937 and 1957, which were exhibited by La Traction Universelle club, which has more than 1,400 members worldwide.
Then from March to June, a unique Traction Avant is being displayed in the My Citroën Adventure exhibition at the C_42 showcase on the Champs-Elysées in Paris.
The 1955 Traction Avant Sans Frontières 11BL belongs to the Traction Sans Frontières association, which travels the world taking part in vintage vehicle rallies and events.