・Only 98,000 KM ・Lightweight body ・Previously owned by Dave Davies of The Kinks
The Citroën Méhari is a lightweight utilitarian and recreational vehicle manufactured and marketed by Citroën over 18 years in a single generation in two-wheel drive (1968-1988)
Weighing in at a mere 535Kg and running fully independent suspension it will cross a ploughed field very well. They even did a 4x4 version for the Military.
The car is named after the fast-running dromedary camel, the méhari, which can be used for racing or transport. Citroën manufactured 144,953 Méharis between the car's French launch in May 1968 and the end of production in 1988.
The current owner purchased the car in 2005 and has put a lot of time into it. He has swapped the engine out for a more powerful professionally re built version and also had the gearbox rebuilt. The body has also been professionally restored and repainted.
The car is very simple and must be an unusual sight indeed on British roads.
The current owner is somewhat a collector of all things 2CV and knows these vehicles well, having amassed quite the collection. Unfortunately, he is thinning down his collection to focus on a few vehicles, and so the Mehari is looking for a new home.
The vehicles V5 is present, and the owner history from the DVLA shows that the vehicle was previously owned by Dave Davies from The Kinks. The last MOT is also present, but of course the car is now MOT exempt.
The engine replacement and colour change will need registering when the new owner purchases the vehicle.
As you can see from the pictures the interior is pretty sparse and utilitarian, as it was designed to be. The spare wheel sits in the cabin, and there are also some accessories/tools on the inside of the rear tailgate. The seats have been completely rebuilt and recovered and are in fantastic condition.
The body was stripped down and the colour changed from the previous orange to this desert sand scheme. On the whole, the plastic body is in great condition, however, it is 44 years old and can be brittle, with a few small cracks around the bonnet proving this. The bonnet is also fully removable.
The hood is original and folds away under the roof, the bull bars are also standard spec for the Mehari model.
The cars gearbox has been overhauled by gearbox guru Rick Pembro. The engine has been swapped out for a more powerful Citroen Diane engine, running a twin choke carburettor which combined with the plastic body shell and low weight, means the car goes well.
It also has disc brakes on the front to ensure it also stops well.
If you're looking for a Citroen Mehari then you probably know what your looking at. Based on the 2CV these are lightweight enough but make the body out of plastic and the curb weight is a touch over 500Kgs.
This particular example has been looked after and restored by a 2CV enthusiast over the last 16 years of its life and there’s nothing he doesn’t know about it. He would like to Thank Christian Davies for giving permission to use the three photographs of the car in its original colour, from his families collection.
In the quirky stakes, this little Citroen has to be up there and will no doubt put a smile on your face every time you take it out.
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