De Citroën Ami 8, an evolved type of 2CV, is one of the most recognizable cars of all time, along with that 2CV, the pike, the Beetle and R4. With the loss of recognisability, automotive charm has been exchanged for the somewhat pumped-up looks from the wind tunnel. You can't stop progress. But we think the trend is a bit sad. A befriended old school car enthusiast grumbled; "They all look like swollen barbed suppositories."
A real friend
De Citroën Ami therefore: 'Une ami' is according to Google Translate and according to experts 'A friend'. And that concept street Citroën Ami 8 completely out.
To start: This one Citroën Ami is a design by Citroëns chief designer Flaminio Bertoni, who was also the creator of the 2CV and the DS. Although Bertoni's fame as a designer would come through the history books through the DS, Bertoni was most pleased with the Ami.
The Ami as a gap filler
De Citroën Ami was presented as Ami 6 in '61 as a model to fill the gap between the 2CV and the DS. In 1969 the revised version was presented: the Citroën Ami 8. As Super, the Ami was available with a four-cylinder from the GS, but our photo model simply has the familiar 32 hp two-cylinder with Duck Roots under the hood. By the way, we know someone who surprised friends, foes and the police with a four-cylinder GS block in a 2CV. But that was more of a boy's book story than of historical importance.
The new boxer
Under the hood of the friendly 'Ami' was the new AM boxer engine with 602 cc displacement. Compared to the engine that was in the 2CV at that time, it was much more muscular. The as yet undiscovered purchaser, the AK350 has the same power source, as well as the thicker spring struts and heavier wheel bearings that Citroën under the Break version of the Citroën Ami 6 put down. That Citroën Ami Break is luxuriously equipped with chrome brackets on the bumpers, among other things Citroën clearly put this version on the market as a luxury family car, and not as a utility vehicle.
The sale of the Citroën Ami 8 continues to decline in the second half of the 70s, ending at the end of 1978 Citroën the production. Technically and in terms of design, the Ami 8 is considerably outdated at that time compared to the GS (A) and CX. The new Visa is ready to succeed the Ami, so for Citroën a whole new era dawns. The Visa is on the chassis of the Peugeot 104, the brand with the lion with which Citroën has formed the new car group PSA since 1976. For the Ami, after 17 years and in total more than 1.8 million cars sold, it is time for a respectable retirement.
How special is he?
Nearly 1961 million (1978) Ami's 2, 1.840.396 and Super were manufactured and sold between 6 and 8. There are not many left of that in the meantime. They were not made for eternity and we will not say anything about the susceptibility to rust. They were iconic on the streets. But most have now simply been reincarnated as shopping grids or cookie tins. In the Netherlands there are less than 200 driving around.
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