I just read that Citroen will phase out their famous hydro-pneumatic suspension with the C5 model. When that stops, the famous suspension will go too. And there goes any reason to buy a Citroen. I mean, what would be the point? Around here, they depreciate quicker than you can say “Ssangyong Stavic”. Buying a conventionally sprung Citroen makes about as much sense as buying an Alfa Romeo with a diesel engine. People do it, I know, but it still doesn’t make any sense.

How does this relate to the Traction Avant, you ask? After all, that didn’t have hydro-pneumatic anything? Well, you see - back in 1954 - a year before the DS came out - Citroen did offer the hydro for the first time - only on the rear - on the Traction Avant. So it was the first of its kind.

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Mercedes-Benz and Rolls Royce used it too - and it’s not often you find them using anything Citroen related! It’s all a bit sad - another quirk in the automotive world eliminated.

Anyway, the model is by Siku - a relatively recent release. Below is a 1/64ish Norev - also from not too long ago - with a missing headlight. It came like that from the factory...