1949 Citroen Traction Avant featured on Jay Leno’s Garage

With front-wheel drive and unibody construction, the Citroën Traction Avant helped set the template for modern cars. A 1949-built example of the groundbreaking French sedan was featured on a recent episode of Jay Leno’s Garage.

Introduced in 1934, the Traction Avant wasn’t the first car with front-wheel drive, but it was the first to try to take front-wheel drive mainstream. Company founder André Citroën identified the benefits of front-wheel drive, including better traction from positioning the engine over the driven axle, and greater interior space due to the lack of a transmission tunnel. Unibody construction gave the Traction Avant greater structural rigidity than traditional body-on-frame cars, while independent suspension improved ride quality. These features are commonplace on cars today and they all existed when this car was introduced, but few if any others put them all together. Several of those features would take decades to catch on in the

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2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast Drive: The Sweetest-Sounding Swan Song

LOS ANGELES—Writing this review of the 2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast doesn’t feel particularly gratifying, or at least not as gratifying as it did when we named the 812 a 2019 Automobile All-Star. The very act of putting these words to digital paper signifies an experience completely in the past tense, and that leaves a rotten taste in my mouth. When the subject matter involves a handful of days in a front-engine, naturally aspirated V-12 Ferrari, “over” and “finished” are harsh, nasty words better suited for jury duty and splinter extraction.

Indeed, driving the 2020 Ferrari 812 Superfast again after it took home a trophy from the 2019 edition of Automobile All-Stars is just about the greatest vehicular treat I’ll experience for at least the next few years, tainting future stints in mid-engine neon-wedges with tri-turbo V-8s—from Maranello or otherwise—with a bitter dusting of “this is fantastic,

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