1980 • Citroën Méhari 4x4
Location of the lot Murs (84), France
Bullet point A rare opportunity
and also Less than 30000 kilometres for this fully original example
Engine capacity602 cc
Number of cylinders2
Number of gears 4 + réducteur
Estimate €30,000 - 40,000
Nowadays, the name of Count Roland de La Poype only resounds in the memory of history and automobile enthusiasts. Resistance fighter, fighter pilot and companion of the Liberation, it is nevertheless to this authentic hero that we owe the Mehari. Inspired by the idea, already explored by independent Citroën designers, of an "all-terrain" derivative of the 2CV - we remember in particular the "Baby-Brousse" of 1963 - Roland de La Poype took over the chassis and equipped it with an open body with a new design, made of ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) dyed in the mass. This time, it was no longer a question of limiting itself to a strictly utilitarian vocation in order to crawl on the more or less practicable tracks of Africa or Asia, but to propose a recreational vehicle, taking advantage of the basic qualities of the "Deuche". Initially presented in May 1968 (it was not the ideal time), the car was closely derived from the Dyane 6 and had its 602 cc twin cylinder engine. Designed for touring, it allowed direct contact with nature; according to the desires and needs of each person, it was possible to remove the entire tarpaulin used as a roof and to lower the windscreen, thus obtaining a sort of small, light and mischievous multi-purpose Jeep, capable of going just about anywhere.
However, it was not until the spring of 1979 that Citroën agreed to equip the Mehari with four-wheel drive, which seemed to be a matter of course on such a machine. Despite the limited power of its flat-twin engine, the car then decisively strengthened its crossing capabilities. Unlike the 2CV Sahara of yesteryear, the Mehari 4x4 had only one engine; its rear axle remained inactive in normal traffic and had to be engaged using a special lever, which was close to the gearbox control. To get out of the most difficult situations, it is also possible to lock the differential via a control located between the front seats. Although significantly more expensive than the two-wheel drive version, and despite the care taken in its development, the 4x4 was not as successful as expected and was discontinued in 1983, making it a rare and much sought-after variant. And it's one of the 1213 produced that we're offering today. Dating from 1980, it is currently in the hands of its third owner, who acquired it in August 2006 and has covered approximately 500 kilometres on the 26925 that the meter shows - a figure that he certifies as accurate. The car is registered with a normal vehicle registration number and is offered with a complete file of invoices allowing its history to be traced. It is neither pledged nor guaranteed and, according to the seller, has not been involved in any accidents. The technical control will be passed for the sale.
Hoggar beige (manufacturer's reference AC 125), the bodywork is original and has not been modified. There is no trace of corrosion on the chassis. All the fittings specific to the 4x4 version are present (tubular protections at the front and rear, Acadiane rear lights, spare wheel housed in a special receptacle on the bonnet). Note the period sticker mentioning "4x4 Citroën" on the left rear side panel and the fuel tank mouth on the right rear fender, also specific to the model. The Meteor Cruiser tyres, size 135 R15 and practically new, are fitted to the original sheet metal rims and the spare wheel. The rear rims show slight traces of corrosion (photos 023 et 025).
Both seats are upholstered in black Skaï; the driver's seat is slightly damaged at the seat (photo 034), but the vendor will provide a replacement in good condition. The equipment is consistent with that fitted at the factory, with its single dial steering wheel identical to that of contemporary 2CVs and Dyanes and its characteristic four dial instrument panel, featuring a rev counter and, next to the left-hand air vent, a counter indicating the number of hours spent with the rear drive engaged - in this respect it is remarkable to note that use in 'all wheel drive' only reaches 49 hours in total. This instrumentation is fully functional. The pictograms on the switches to the left of the steering wheel show signs of wear (photo 030). The floor is cracked on the driver's side (photo 035).
The engine and transmission are "matching numbers" and have not been serviced recently. The last engine oil change was in June 2015 - 125 kilometres have been covered since then! -It will be carried out before the sale.
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