Published at: 28 Apr 2013 - 17:31:00
Description: The Citroen Mehari was designed to appeal to the rapidly expanding recreational market for beach cars. And that meant it was minimalist in the extreme, lacking all but the most essential equipment. The corrugated bodywork was made from ABS plastic, which was both durable and rugged, and the doors and soft-top designed for easy removal.
The 2CV mechanics underpinnings and running gear meant that any half-competent spannerman could fix a Mehari with the most basic of tools - even in the most basic of garages. A four-wheel-drive twin-engined version was produced, and remains desirable, otherwise the main following is in the south of France.
Plastic fantastic Cycolac open body on a 2CV platform.
Built at Nanterre, Rennes, Forest in Belgium and Vigo in Spain.
602cc flat twin engine.
7-speed Mehari 4x4 from 1981.
Something similar, but Dyane 6 based, built in Greece in the 1970s.
Don't have a crash in one.
Inboard front drum brakes difficult to work on.
Chassis rots out and stainless steel replacements are heavier, affecting performance.
The Citroën Méhari is a utility car and off-roader produced by the French automaker Citroën. 144,953 Méharis were built between 1968 and 1988. A méhari is a type of fast-running dromedary camel, which can be used for racing or transport. A méhariste was a French Armée d'Afrique and Army of the Levant cavalryman that used these camels.
The Méhari was based on the Citroën Dyane 6, and had a body made of ABS plastic with a soft-top. It also employed the 602 cc flat twin gasoline engine shared with the 2CV6 and Citroën Ami. A four-wheel drive version of the Méhari was produced from 1980 to 1983 and had excellent off-road qualities, due to the lightness of the vehicle (the standard Méhari weighs just 570 kg (1,300 lb)) and the interconnected fully independent long-travel 2CV suspension used by all of the Citroën 'A-Series' vehicles. For a full description of the suspension, see Citroën 2CV.
The Méhari was sold in the United States for one year, 1970, where the vehicle was classified as a truck. As trucks had far more lenient National Highway Traffic Safety Administration safety standards than passenger cars in the US, the Méhari did not have seat belts. Only 214 Méharis were sold in 1970. One was featured in a brief scene with Charlton Heston in the 1971 film The Omega Man.
Distinctions for the US-model included:
Altered front with 7" sealed-beam headlamps and special indicator/side-lamps with flat tops.
Special boot (trunk) lid with room for US registration plate and a lamp (Lucas) either side of it.
Straight rear bumper.
Two-speed wiper motor.
Hexagonal yellow "cats eyes" on front and rear sides.
Last momentum, the Mehari Azur
On the third picture above we see an enamel advertising shield for the Mehari "La Plage", a version that was developed especially for the Spanish market. In other countries, the Mehari was also built under license, was known in Vietnam as the "Dalat" and in Greece the "Pony". In Uruguay they built the Mehari "Ranger", with a fully enclosed fiberglass body.
In the penultimate year of production, 1986, they gave the Mehari again a boost with the release of the Mehari "Azur", a luxurious version in white with azure blue, the color of the sea on the Mediterranean coast, the Cote d'Azur. In France the Mehari is in those parts still popular, particularly between Nice and St. Tropez bump there are still many instances around.
The production of the Mehari stops in 1987, the Portuguese plant of Mangualde currently managing the final production.
For the modellers
The spoiled modeler can go natural for a model of Citroen's beach car at the famous French brand Norev, below we see a nice detailed Mehari in the Kirghiz color orange in 1:18 scale, on sale at webmarchand.com, beside a Citroen Mehari Jeu The Plage Michelin in scale 1:43 in yellow and blue, can be ordered at amazon.fr.
The lover of model trains can enrich its layout with a Mehari Azur in 1:87 scale, it can be ordered from webmarchand.com. Perhaps you have a sunny beach scene on your layout, as it fits perfectly with Citroën naturally.
And as for the great example? The simplicity of the mechanics, strength of materials, lack of corrosion on the plastic parts and the ease with which parts can be ordered means that he is still loved by the fans!
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