1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519

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1980 Citroën Méhari 4x4
Chassis no. 00CE0519

Sold for € 28,750 (US$ 32,162) inc. premium
1980 Citroën Méhari 4x4
Chassis no. 00CE0519
*Iconic French 4x4
*1 of a mere 1,200 produced
*Current ownership for 21 years
*Completely restored in 2011

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. Of these, only some 1,200 or so were the four-wheel drive version like that offered here. Citroën had first applied four-wheel drive to the 2CV back in the mid-1950s with the 'Sahara' model, which used a second engine driving the rear wheels independently. Produced from 1980 to 1983, the 4x4 Méhari used the front engine and conventional four-wheel-drive transmission. Most were sold to the French Army and civilian models are rare. By all accounts the Méhari 4x4's generous ground clearance, long-travel suspension, low weight and all-wheel drive made for a most competent off-roader. Some independent specialists have fitted the 2CV body to the Méhari 4x4 chassis to create a conventional four-wheel drive saloon.

This Méhari was purchased by the current owner in 1994 and in 2011 was completely restored, the chassis, body, engine and interior all being refurbished. There are bills on file totalling more than €10,000 issued by marque specialists Méhari Club Cassis. Currently displaying at total of circa 60,000 kilometres on the odometer, the vehicle is offered with the aforementioned bills and French Carte Grise. An exceptional opportunity to acquire a restored, 35-year-old example of Citroën's iconic Méhari 4x4 in very good condition.

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1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
1980 Citroën  Méhari 4x4  Chassis no. 00CE0519
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