The Traction Avant was the world's first front-wheel drive production car using a steel unibody construction. The car you drive today was most likely built the same way, yet no matter how successful it was, this car made Andr├ę Citro├źn lose his company.

Now, here's where I should tell you more about the Traction Avant's fascinating life and the fact that I've seen a man taking his children to school in a black one day after day a few years ago in the middle of London's Camden Town. You could hear the unsynchronized gear changes from a mile ahead.

Well, that's that, and for the Traction Avant's history, I must bow towards Citro├źn, who put it together in much greater detail than I ever could.

Here's Citroen's whole Traction Avant press release, in French/English.

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Amazing, especially when you consider their next car was the DS.

Keep scrolling for just some of the historic pictures the company has released and a video that's great even if you don't speak French.

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Photo credit: Citro├źn