1972 Citroen Mehari (ECC-077C)

EURO DISCOVERY CAR - Now in transit to arrive USA late summer.
Pre-arrival discount offers - Less 5% with pre-arrival deposit of $2500, Less 15% with Pre-payment in full.
Both deposits are fully refundable on inspection by purchaser after US arrival.

A rare and special motorcar with unique character and abilities, we located this all-original Citroen Méhari in Italy. Original owner was an elderly lady that only drove the car during the summer at her private residence on the shores of Lake Garda. This lucky car has lived there all its life. Always garaged and driven only during sunny days. We are now in the process of importing it to the USA where we will have the car registered with a California title. Full mechanical inspection and tune-up was completed prior to embarking for the US as a part of the conservative restoration that was performed (by a well-known Citroen Méhari mechanic.

The car has been professional maintained for its entire life, shows nicely with no faults or cracks in the bodywork, nor visible rust to the chassis. Starts, runs and drives very well. Odometer shows 19K miles, believed original, and the extremely simple 2CV engine is noted for longevity. The canvas top and side panels are new, as are the tires. The rims were recently powder coated in the original factory color. The wooden interior panels have been replaced recently and sealed with marine varnish and the durable vinyl upholstery is in fine shape.

The body features molded in color in a striking orange hue (factory original), all trim and lenses are in good order, panels are straight and undamaged, with only a few minor scuffs. Chrome and bright work in good shape, some minor corrosion is visible on some fasteners. Overall condition is quite good and very presentable in all regards.

A rare opportunity to own one of the most “fun” vehicles ever built.

CITROEN MÉHARI Background

One of the most interesting vehicles ever created and a real example of French uniqueness, the Citroen Mehari is truly one of a kind. The Méhari was designed by French World War II fighter ace Count Roland de la Poype, who headed a French company, SEAP, specializing in plastics. Already a supplier to Citroën, SEAP developed a prototype and presented the concept to Citroen, who then approved it for production.

Mechanically the Méhari is based on the legendary chassis and powertrain of the Citroen 2CV, a true back-to-basics vehicle created in the aftermath of WWII. Clever engineering and a focus on low cost production and simplicity made the 2CV a great success. The Méhari concept replaced the quaint snail-like body of the 2CV with a rugged looking, open utility body made of ABS plastic well suited to recreational uses. Simple in the extreme and relatively inexpensive, it found a ready audience around the world. Over 140,000 Méharis were built from launch in 1968 til production ended in 1988.

The Méhari derives its name from a species of fast-running dromedary camel, which can be used for racing or transport. You won’t be racing it often, but it serves well for all sorts of transport duties. The Méhari offers basic seating for four with an open cargo compartment behind the seats. There are two small doors, a folding windshield, and it is possible to fit a canvas roof with plastic windows to protect against the elements in an elemental fashion.

The powertrain features a 602 cc flat twin engine pumping out 29 HP and a 4-speed manual transmission to the front wheels. Performance is very modest with leisurely acceleration to a top speed near 60 mph. Ride and handling are in class of their own as the very soft - but cleverly interconnected - suspension allows extreme roll angles, but never seems to lose grip. Overall weight is under 1300 lbs and, if fitted with proper off-road tires, the Méhari can crawl around the outback surprisingly well.

Due to its mechanical simplicity and large production volume – all parts including the chassis are easily available and a Méhari can be restored to ‘as new’ condition if desired and maintained at modest cost.

There is no better “beach” car to be found anywhere and the Méhari is perfect for resort or large compound duty. It is fun to drive and surprisingly capable within it’s limited performance envelope. Truly a breath of French air.

Engine : 602 cc flat-2 29 HP
Wheelbase : 94.5 in
Length : 138.6 in
Width : 60.2 in
Height : 64.6 in
Curb weight : 1,256 lb

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