Citroen Mehari

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Of all the vehicles particularly suited to summer, Citroen’s corrugated beachside runabout the Mehari must be one of the most appropriate.

Citroen built the car, between 1968 and 1988, on the chassis of the Diane, with the 600cc engine that went into the talismanic 2CV – but we won’t hold that against it.

On a sultry day in London, you can understand the design philosophy – which was born in France’s north African imperial days.

This was a motor conceived under free and easy safety legislation – finding perfect expression when stoked by the soft Saharan winds.

It is after all named after a particularly quick stepping dromedary used by the imperial French cavalry.

Slightly incongruous, then, in NW1.

But it’s all the cooler for that, we reckon.




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