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1971 Citroen Ami 8 Estate Wagon

OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE
  • Upgraded air-cooled engine and front-wheel drive
  • Full engine rebuild in 1998 and complete repaint in 2012
  • Removable bucket seat interior in fine condition
  • A fun and sporty French Estate Wagon ready for family road trips

VIN: 06JB1357

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The Citroen Ami had its formal French launch on the 25th of April in 1961, four months ahead of the August introduction of the widely anticipated Renault 4. Both the Renault 4 and the Citroen Ami 8 responded to a perceived market need for a vehicle slightly larger and better equipped than the 2CV. The Ami is loosely based on the 2CV, but with definite mechanical upgrades, including a larger engine. The Ami was produced as a Notchback Saloon, a Fastback Saloon, and the five-door Estate Wagon offered here.

At launch, all the Citroen cars were front-wheel drive, with the 1971 Ami 8 finally powered up by a larger air-cooled 602-cc two-cylinder flat engine which would push 35 horsepower. The top speed was around 75 mph. Also, by 1971, Citroen added a double-barrel carburetor and a redesigned manifold, and then also added stronger front disc brakes. In total, including all Ami variants, in a run from 1961 to 1978, an amazing 1.8 million Amis were produced.

The platform chassis and suspension design are familiar and fully independent all around, using leading and trailing arms interconnected front to rear and coil springs. The Ami 8 was one of the first vehicles in the world to utilize rectangular headlamps, which were innovated by Cibie, and would soon become the norm for all new vehicles.

The Ami's black vinyl bucket seats were easily removable. Sales pitches of the Ami even included photographs of the seats being used as picnic chairs. With five doors and a 58-inch wheelbase, it was an early version of the versatile and popular hatchback design that is so popular today. An unusual feature is the single spoke steering wheel, which allows easy viewing of the speedometer. Styling was handled by veteran Citroen stylist Robert Opron. The interior is overall in fine shape, with the correct black vinyl seats and brown woven carpets, and a floor shifted four-speed manual gearbox and a column-mounted ignition switch. The Ami 6 Sedan is distinguished by an unusual reverse-raked notchback rear window. Simply put, the rear window could be opened as an aid to ventilation before air-conditioning became standardized, and in the American market was called the "Breezeway Window." More desirable in the long run is the five-door Ami 8 Estate Wagon on offer, featuring a more practical full tailgate with a unique inset rear window.

This nicely restored Ami 8 is finished in cream paint with blue accent stripes, with good panel fit and finish. It is obviously a well-cared for classic, with minimal corrosion and very solid floors. The sleek exterior was designed for aerodynamics, with rear wheel skirts, steel wheels, and chrome hubcaps. According to documents provided, a full engine rebuild was accomplished in 1998, and the car was repainted in 2012. The sale of this Citroen includes a parts catalog, literature, and restoration records.

If rarity and innovative design are considerations as you fill out your collection, this unique Citroen should be at the top of your list. Ready to be enjoyed, this classic French family estate wagon is a fun and sporty option to pile in the family and go on a road trip, whether it's in the city or in the countryside.

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