We turned around and much to our bemusement, a Traction was indeed parked on the roof of what initially appeared to be an abandoned building. A little research revealed that the business, called Etablissements Poncy, sold ignition and carburetor parts for a vast variety of European cars. It closed down in early 2003 so it is not as abandoned as it might seem at first glance.
A good look at the photos sheds light on several helpful clues that allow us to date the Traction: It sits on steel wheels with four vents, it wears a straight and narrow front bumper and a last-gen grille and it has a large trunk lid. The puzzle pieces indicate that we’re very likely looking at a 11D Normale built between 1955 and 1957, making it one of the last Tractions built.
The paint chips hint that the car started its life dark gray and was painted flat black prior to being used as Poncy’s display. It has been stripped of nearly all of its trim pieces, including the Citroën chevrons on the grille, so with a little bit of luck parts of this car might still live on today.