The date of purchase is May 20, 1995, through an advertisement in the magazine La Vie de
Before the purchase, I made a visit to the seller in order to verify the conditions of the
7A. Its conditions were as expected: the 7A was complete with original parts, in good
conditions, engine not running with the last road-license of 1976; Km on the board were
32.000 but the cable was broken.
Other think very important was that no original parts changed or improved were present.
The only missing thing was very important: the rear cover of spare wheel (that I found
later at ICCCR of Clermont Ferrand).
The particular characteristics of the 7A were the following:
- Series Plate: 001030
- Bodyshell Plate: AT 0566
- Engine Plate: BB 00719
- Engine Foundry date: 10.4.34
- Body (inside under the seat): 642
- Paper behind the batch of the rear seat with the indication of the colour gris
perle" AC Z976
- Date of "mise en circulation": May 28, 1934.
- On the right fender, inside (engine side), there is a small cover to
cover the hole made for the preseries exhaust (the exhaust with vertical silencer inside
the fender)(in my 7A the exhaust is as usual, going straight inside the body); moreover,
under the body the positions of the fixations for supports of the exhaust pipe are located
exactly for the preseries exhaust pipe. For this reason it is possible to think that the
body number n. 642 could be the 642nd body constructed.
- The engine, painted in green, had the gearbox painted in black. The starter and the
dinamo were chromed outside.
- The bonnet looked the original bonnet of the 7A but the two front wings open opposite
the two rear wings. This is a typical bonnet of the further Traction Avant models (7C) not
of the 7A models on that the opening of the front wings is the same as for the rear wings;
recently I have found 2 7A with the same opposite openings: one of these 7A has a
certified history so that the result is that some 7A were constructed with such bonnet. In
my 7A, I converted the opening of the front wings in order to have the bonnet
conforme à lorigine as on the most 7A.
- In the interior, there was no trace of sun-screen, no holes for the relevant support so
that no sun-screen had been provided in the origin.
No other particular characteristic was found on the car.
To help the friction absorbers, a couple of Houdails were mounted in the front
Moreover, in order to improve the strength of the body, on each side, located just before
the rear wheels, a reinforcement was installed, made by an L beam inside bolted together
an L beam outside!!
In the interior, an additional device (commodo) was mounted on the steering wheel for