Almost certainly inspired by BMC’s Mini Moke, the Citroën Méhari first appeared in prototype form in 1967 and like its British counterpart was based on a standard production car. In the Citroën’s case it was the Dyane 6 version of the inimitable 2CV, so the Méhari featured the latter’s torsion-bar suspension and air-cooled 602cc twin-cylinder engine driving the front wheels. The open body was made of ABS plastic and, like the Moke, a detachable soft-top and side screens served as weather protection.
Taking its name from a type of Camel known for its speed, the Méhari was launched at the Paris Auto Show in October 1968 and would remain in the range for the next 20 years, only disappearing when 2CV production ceased in France in 1988, by which time a total of 144,953 had been made.
The Méhari you see here is an original car which has been imported into Belgium and was the welcome recipient of a restoration 4 years ago, which is supported by a file of restoration history.
As testament to the quality of work, the Mehari was exhibited for 6 months at the C42 museum in Paris.
Méharis are a true expression of the sense of freedom we enjoyed the 1960s and 70s, and this excellent example none more so. The perfect way to enjoy the summer, which is only just around the corner!
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