From 1940-41, the construction of Citroën cars ceased completely. After the end of the war and the restoration of the workshops affected by the bombings, production resumed slowly, first with the 11th Légère in June 1945.
The first Traction Avant of 1945 retain exactly the presentation of the 1939-40 models, with the exception of their headlights, now painted not chromed. For painting, Citroën remains dependent on available stocks. Thus, the 11 Légère of 1945 appear in a very military greenish gray.