MEHARI de 1972 (4376 Km). Colour : Rouge Hopi.
MODEL : Model based on the Dyane 6, therefore a 602cc engine, 33cv(31bhp) at 7000rpm.
Production of 144000 examples from 1968 to 1987.
The Mehari was invented not by Citroen but by Roland De La Poype and produced by a company specialising in manufacture of plastic materials (SEAB). The bodywork is made from coloured thermoplastic, hence painting is unnecessary.
From the start, production was by a company called ENAC, followed by manufacture at various Citroen factories.
I have for a long time searched in vain for an untouched Mehari of known mileage, sold by Citroen and never restored or painted. And then in the space of a week, I was offered 3 such vehicles, all with less than 10000kms on the clock.
My preference went to the oldest and most original, one that the village of Effiat near Clermont-Ferrand had chosen to be its firefighting vehicle.
On the telephone, the only fault indicated was a dusty roof. When I arrived, however, I discovered the roof was completely discoloured. The mayor of the village certified to me that the vehicle had always been kept in a garage, sheltered from direct sunlight. I hesitated a long time, but then I took the risk of buying it. Buffing up the plastic bodywork will give it back its original colour.