Sensaud de Lavaud


Sensaud de Lavaud

The Sensaud de Lavaud was a French automobile manufactured between 1926 and 1928. An unusual car, made in Paris by M. Dimitri Sensaud de Lavaud, a Brazilian, it had automatic transmission and ifs by rubber in compression. The Alpax chassis was cast alloy, and it was powered by a steam-cooled 5475 cc six-cylinder engine of American origin. Few were built.

André Citroën had intended to use a gearbox based on Sensaud de Lavaud's principles in his 1934-launched 7A "Traction Avant," but it proved impossible for his engineers to perfect Sensaud de Lavaud's invention, and the 7A appeared with a conventional 3-speed unit.

References

David Burgess Wise, "The New Illustrated Encyclopedia of Automobiles".


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