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Citroën Traction Avant Colors

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All colors on this page are based on real cars we have seen (and photographed) since 1975.


French built cars

7

BodyWingsWheelsWindowframesDashboard
1934
AC 651
bleu marine
 noirnoirWood imitationgris
 
beige rose ???
beige maintenon ???
gris perle gris
 
rouge bordeaux ???
noir marron
 
1935
AC 651 bleu marine noirnoirmarron
 
beige rose 
beige maintenon 
gris perle 
rouge bordeaux 
vert olive 
noir 
bleu irise
beige irise
gris irise
vert olive irise
body colornoir
body color
marron
 
body color
1936
bleu emeraude noirnoirmarron
 
rouge excelsior 
vert olive 
noir 
bleu irise
vert olive irise
body colornoir
body color
marron
 
body color
1937
bleu emeraude noirnoirmarron
 
rouge excelsior 
vert olive 
noir 
bleu irise
vert olive irise
body colornoir
body color
marron
 
body color
1938
bleu emeraude noirnoirmarron
 
rouge excelsior 
vert olive 
noir jaune
 
bleu irise
vert olive irise
body colornoir
body color
marron
 
body color
1939
noir noirjaune
 
marron
 
noir
 

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BodyWingsWheelsWindowframesDashboard
1934
AC 651 bleu marine noirnoirwood imitationwood imitation
gris blue 
beige rose 
beige maintenon 
gris perle 
rouge bordeaux 
noir 
Noir, below the waistline:
blue marine
gris bleu
gris perle
beige
rouge bordeaux
noirnoir
hubcaps body color
Body 2 colors:
bleu marine
bleu plus clair
 noirnoir
hubcaps one body color
 
1935
AC 651
bleu marine
 noirnoirwood imitationwood imitation
gris blue 
beige rose 
beige maintenon 
gris perle 
rouge bordeaux 
noir 
bleu irise
beige irise
gris irise
body colornoir
body color
wood imitationbody color
Noir, below the waistline:
blue marine
gris bleu
gris perle
rouge bordeaux
beige
noirnoir
hubcaps body color
wood imitationwood imitation
Body 2 colors:
bleu marine
bleu plus clair
 noirnoir
hubcaps one body color
 
1936
bleu emeraude noirnoirmarron
 
rouge excelsior 
vert olive 
noir 
gris irise
gris irise fonce
beige irise
bleu irise
vert irise
body colornoir
body color
1937
bleu emeraude noirnoirmarron
 
rouge excelsior 
vert olive 
noir 
gris irise
gris irise fonce
beige irise
bleu irise
vert irise
body colornoir
body color
1938
bleu emeraude noirrouge vif
 
marron
 
rouge excelsior 
vert olive 
noir 
gris irisebody color
gris irise fonce
beige irise
bleu irise
vert irise
body colorbody color
1939
noir body color11L: jaune
 
11N: rouge vif
 
marron
 
body color
gris irise (11N)
1945-1947
AC500 vert armee (reseda) AC123 ivoire
 
AC126 gris
 
gris fonce
 
noir
AC105 gris clair irise
AC106 gris fonce irise
AC201 noir 
1948-1949
AC201 noir AC123 ivoire
 
gris fonce
 
noir
1950 - 06/1952
AC201 noir AC123 ivoire
 
gris fonce
 
noir
06/1952 - 07/1952
AC201 noir wheel: AC123 ivoire
hubcap: AC126 gris perle
gris fonce
 
noir
07/1952-09/1953
AC201 noir wheel: AC123 ivoire
hubcap: AC126 gris perle
gris clair
 
gris vert
 
09/1953-01/1954
AC201 noir wheel: AC123 ivoire
hubcap: AC126 gris perle
gris clair
 
gris vert
 
AC126 gris perle wheel: AC126 gris perle
hubcap: AC121 gris clair
AC122 bleu d'islande wheel: AC122 bleu
hubcap: AC121 gris clair
AC130 bleu raf (10/53-04/54) wheel: AC 106 gris fonce
hubcap: AC 121 gris clair
01/1954-07/1957
AC201 noir wheel: AC123 ivoire
hubcap: AC126 gris perle
gris clair
 
gris vert
 
AC126 gris perle wheel: AC126 gris perle
hubcap: AC121 gris clair
AC601 bleu nuit wheel: AC126 gris perle
hubcap: AC121 gris clair
AC131 gris bruyere wheel: AC131 gris bruyere
hubcap: AC121 gris clair
 

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BodyWheelsWindowframesDashboard
1938
AC201 noirivoire
 
marron
 
noir
1939
AC201 noirrouge vif
 
marron
 
gris irise
1946-1947
AC201 noirAC123 ivoire
 
gris fonce
 
anthracite
gris irise (1946)rouge vif
 
1948-1949
AC201 noir
1950 - 06/1952
AC201 noirAC123 ivore
 
gris fonce
 
noir
06/1952 - 07/1952
AC201 noirAC123 ivore
 
gris fonce
 
noir
07/1952 - 09/1953
AC201 noirAC123 ivoire
 
gris clair
 
gris vert
 
09/1953 - 01/1954
AC201 noir AC123 ivoiregris clair
 
gris vert
 
AC126 gris perle AC126 gris perle
AC122 bleu d'islande AC122 bleu
AC130 bleu raf (10/53-04/54) AC 106 gris fonce
01/1954 - 1956
AC201 noir AC123 ivoiregris clair
 
gris vert
 
AC126 gris perle AC126 gris perle
AC601 bleu nuit AC126 gris perle
AC131 gris bruyere AC131 gris bruyere
AC131 gris fumee AC126 gris perle

Note 1: On pre war cars (7, 11 and 15), most colours apart from black were available as irisé. This is a very course metallic like finish. The aluminium flakes used were much bigger then with modern metallic paints.

Note 2: During the whole production of the Traction Avant, cars could be delivered to the dealer or sales organisation in primer. They would then organise the paint scheme. This could be on customer request or for demonstration/show models. Especially during the '50s many cars were delivered in primer. Another option was to have a (black) painted car repainted. These cars only have the outer panels painted and under the bonnet and on the doorsills they are still the original (black) colour.

Note 3: There were several companies who made the paint for the Traction Avant production. Depending on the company colors were a bit darker or brighter then shown here.


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