We first saw the Citroën 11D Normale pictured below in January of 2013. At the time, the building behind it was abandoned so we wrote it off as a forgotten relic from the past whose days were inevitably numbered.
When we drove by the place again later that year, the Traction was gone and construction crews were seemingly tearing down the building. “Well, that’s the end of that,” we thought. You can imagine our surprise when, earlier this month, we discovered a brand new building and noticed that – against all odds – the Traction was back on its pedestal. Not only that, it had been given a fresh coat of flat black paint!
Considerably bigger, the new building has been split into three medium-sized stores and two of them are for rent. The one that is apparently occupied sells furniture so we highly doubt the Traction is there to attract customers. A local man walking his dog stopped while we were taking pictures and explained that the white part of the building that the Traction is sitting on was built over half a century ago when the place was a gas station and it is considered a historic monument, meaning that it can’t be torn down. The owner of the property apparently figured that if he can’t tear down the front of the building he might as well leave the 11D there.