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Citroen Ami 6
In the late 1950s Citroën only built 2 kinds of cars, the 2CV and the Citroën DS/19 range. In order to fill this gap with a mid-size car Citroën developed the Projet C60 and the Projet F, both being closed before Projet M was commissioned by Pierre Bercot in 1959. Although there were plans to give Projet M a flat four engine or a Panhard engine, in the end a new 602cc engine was developed for the 2CV and given to the Projet M. This new car also had to make do with the 2CV chassis but was treated to a spectacular new body styled by Flaminio Bertoni; apparently this was his favourite design. The reverse-rake window was copied from the Mercury Monterey and designed to give extra head room for rear passengers. Rectangular headlamps were a world first, although French regulations insisted on them being mounted higher and thus the Ami 6 ended up with a curious dipped bonnet. Launched at the Paris Salon in 1960 as the Citroën Ami ('Love' in Italian), the 4-door saloon was supplemented by the Ami Break in November 1964 which sold more than the berline perhaps because it looked more conventional. Early Ami 6 cars had fixed rear windows, but from 1962 sliding rear windows joined sliding front windows.
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Citroen Ami 6 1968. Single combination rear lamps replaced the individual lamps in 1968. These lamp units were then given to the Dyane and 2CV
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Citroen Ami 6 1968. Designed by Flaminio Bertoni. The 'swooping' bonnet was a solution to French regulations requiring a high position for the headlamps.
Citroen Ami 6 1964 front
Citroen Ami 6 1964. After a few very advanced designs for this market sector, Citroen decided on re-using the Citroen 2CV mechanics, albeit with a new 602cc flat twin engine with a new body on top. But this original 'notchback' body style was not liked and sales were less than expected.
Citroen Ami 6 1964 rear
Citroen Ami 6 1964. When launched the Ami 6 had fixed windows in the rear doors, but the first upgrade was to give sliding windows to the rear doors.
Citroen Ami 6 1965 Break front
Citroen Ami 6 1965 Break. The Break outsold the Berline version, possibly because of its more conventional looks
Citroen Ami 6 1965 Break rear
Citroen Ami 6 1965 Break. The opening tailgate added functionality to the Ami 6 and gave less controversial looks. There was also a panel van version.
Citroen Ami 6 1965 rear
Citroen Ami 6 1965. In the 1950s Citroën experimented with several models to bridge the gap between the 2CV and the ID19, including the Coccinelle and the C60, before they settled on the simpler Ami 6 designed by Flaminio Bertoni. The Ami 6 was built on 2CV engine and mechanics and was launched in Spring 1961.
Citroen Ami 6 1968 frontd
Citroen Ami 6 1968.. Designer Flaminio Bertoni like this best of all his designs.
Citroen Ami 6 1968 rear
Citroen Ami 6 1968. Single combination rear lamps replaced the individual lamps in 1968. These lamp units were then given to the Dyane and 2CV
Citroen Ami 6 1969 Break front
Citroen Ami 6 1969 Break. One of the final Ami 6 cars, although the Break model was not immediately replaced by the Ami 8. The wire mesh grille is from late 1968.
Citroen Ami 6 1969 Break rear
Citroen Ami 6 1969 Break. One of the final Ami 6 cars. New one-piece rear lights were given to the Ami 6 in March 1968 (and also to the Dyane and 2CV). Note that the tailgate does not go down to the rear bumper until the Ami 8 Break arrives. Gold badging was given in March 1968.
Citroen Ami 6 Club front
Citroen Ami 6 Club. The Club model has quad lamps, as did the American export models.
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Citroen Ami 6 1968. The profile of the design by Flaminio Bertoni remains the same in 1966, although the Ami 6 now has sliding rear windows instead of fixed. The reverse-rake rear windows was copied from an American Mercury, but was also given so that rear seat passengers would have more head room.
Citroen Ami 8
Designer : Flaminio Bertoni
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