The Ami is back

ER Classics Desktop 2022

'Ami' means 'friend'. And what is good remains. Or come back. Or marketers have seen bread in it. So the famous Ami van Citroën is also back with a vengeance.

The new Ami is an extremely compact, 100% electric four-wheeler with a proud top speed of 45 km / h and a range of up to 75 km. A new little 'urban hero'. The kind of thing that, in the context of European legislation, is also allowed on the road here, only to be hated by any other road user. Because “45 km / h”. These types of vehicles are sold here to people who cannot obtain a normal driving license due to mental or physical limitations. And through childhood with richer moms and dads.

And then it does not detract from the fact that here in the region one is significantly faster on the road because the owner has mounted a Yamaha LC 350 block. The highly manoeuvrable, two-seater city gate is full of smart details. Because that we had to do without a charging cable in the right door all this time is crazy for words. The battery can be charged in just three hours from the socket. We don't know yet what it will cost here. But in France you have to pay 6900 euros for it.

Progress is fantastic. Especially if you need about five gears for it. And electricity is the future. Until we start running on hydrogen. Until then, we prefer a regular, old or rather classic Ami. With this, you can go much more pleasantly with environmentally friendly fuel consumption than a stone's throw away.

Nevertheless, we prefer the old Ami in all its versions

De Citroën Ami line was launched in 1961 and remained in production until 1979. The Ami 6 was an attempt to narrow the gap between the 2CV and the DS. But for cost reasons, the Ami stayed very close to the Ugly Duck. The basic version had the characteristic 'wrongly sloping' rear window as the Ford Anglia had. The Ami received its appreciation as 'Super Eend', but the market asked for a break / station wagon version. When that version came on the market in 1964, it turned out that the market had not only been nagging. More than 550.000 breaks were sold.

The successor, the Ami 8, was thoroughly redesigned. Apart from minor detail changes, the Ami8 sedan remained unchanged in production from 1969 to 1978, although this from the Ami8 estate was produced until 1979.

In Italy and France these cars can still be found for change

Why are they more expensive here than in France? Well, transport alone costs a lot of money. Think of amounts between 500-1.000 euros. And usually many of the Southern European specimens have had a long and quite difficult life. For perfect 2 CVs, more than € 20.000 is already required. And paid. But Ami's and Dyanes? These are still cars that give the same or more driving pleasure. With the Ami's, think of 'from' prices under € 1.000 to much less than half of 2CV prices for the toppers.

And for people who are in a hurry, there is a - of course British - conversion kit to mount a BMW four-valve boxer from 70-115 hp in the front. Also nice.



Of course the real Ami also has a battery


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  1. With my own year of construction 1958, I mean that Citroen has long lost its creative way, which with the 2CV, the ami (most unique design ever…), the GS, the DS (especially the 3rd news what a beautiful car!) + the CX made the street scene so beautiful in the years of then. After that it never became what it had been and we were delighted with news that the DS would be released again, the C3 Pluriel would be the successor of the duck and the Ami returns as a kind of Lego brick ...
    Not everything was better in the past, but it was new Citroen.

    • But it used to be Citroën yet Citroën and no Peugeot ...
      When the “Lion from Souchain started waving the septa and saved André's brand from destruction, it was schluss with idiosyncrasy ..
      Ongoing models (2CV, CX) were used as long as possible, offshoots and bad sellers ID / DS and SM were killed.
      The only frivolous model that had left its doors since conscription is the Visa.
      And now that HP is no longer supplied, I see the future gloomy ..

  2. Nice reactions. The AMI has always been a naughty car for progressive and / or artistic and / or sensible drivers. But I think: this is a bridge too far.
    So my reaction: give me the real AMI 6/8. Instead of this plastic electro version, which could theoretically be a success. Something for the youth.

    Uhh, am I really getting old?

    Ps. I still have a real one; a geranium red Ami8 where I like to get old in row 😉

  3. Sacrilege ... and a pity Citroën (okay… Peugeot) has decided to throw old names “to the disposal”, despite promises not to do so… ”because who is waiting for a new 2cv?”

    L 'Ami6 (pun; la missus, so the car for madam .. Citroën played more with this kind of letter play at the time, think of D (ée) S (se)) was a great cart, with the philosophy of the 2CV; simple and comfortable.

    I have absolutely nothing to do with vacuum cleaners on 4 wheels, but that is undoubtedly me… so don't feel addressed.
    So give me the real Ami ..

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