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Citroen Traction Avant - Diva

Published: 20 October 2008

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Ranking: 32      

Year of release: 1981.

The car: Citroen Traction Avant.

Why it’s special: There’s nothing like using a gorgeous Citroen in a French film.

Best bit: The Traction Avant blowing up, only for another one to appear behind it.

Pub fact: Is it a 1954 Traction 11CV Normale, or a bad restoration with ‘15 Six’ bumpers? We doubt that’s an original colour, too.

Plot overview: Jules is a young mail courier obsessed with an opera singer who objects to her voice being recorded. He manages to make a bootleg tape of her singing live, but when it gets mistaken for a tape containing vital evidence about a human trafficking investigation, he is chased all over the city by men who will do anything to retrieve it.

For: The Traction Avant isn’t just cool in Diva, but was a favourite of the French Resistance.

Against: You won’t love this car if you’re into sideways car chases.

CAR verdict: It’s a proper Citroen, but Diva doesn’t feature a proper car chase.

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By Ben Pulman

CAR's editor-at-large, co-ordinator, tallboy