Lot 68

1980 Citroen Méhari

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SOLD $19,040


$15,000 - $25,000| Without Reserve





Car Highlights

Innovative and Fun 2CV-Derived Adventure Vehicle

Fascinating Design and Development History

Engaging Appearance with Purposeful Engineering

Saleroom Addendum

Please note that this vehicle will not be sold for use or resale in California or to a non-dealer California resident.

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Named after a swift dromedary camel, Citroën’s Méhari was an elemental and lightweight recreational and utility vehicle, based on the chassis and mechanicals of the 2CV and quite similar in concept to BMC’s Mini-derived Moke. The Méhari was designed by French WWII flying ace Count Roland de la Poype, head of the French company SEAB (Société d'Etudes et d'Applications des Brevets), a supplier to Citroën. In addition to the innovative chassis and suspension design of the 2CV, the Méhari featured plastic body construction. A working concept vehicle was developed by SEAB, prior to its presentation and proposal to Citroën management.

The Méhari was built from 1968 to 1988 in two-wheel-drive form throughout its run, complemented by a four-wheel-drive model from 1980 to 1983. In all, Citroën manufactured 144,953 Méharis. The Méhari was an unqualified success, so much so that license-built and “bootleg” versions were built in many other countries. Nearly 7,100 were purchased by the French Army. After Méhari production ceased, strong demand and the vehicle’s mechanical simplicity fostered robust secondary and restoration markets.

This engaging Méhari was sold new in France and comes with previous French registration documents. It was purchased by the Mullin Collection in 2015, and is accompanied by a copy of a book excerpt covering the Méhari, correspondence, an electrical schematic diagram, and parts catalogue.

*Please note that all of the Lots in this Auction have been in long-term static storage at the Mullin Automotive Museum and may not be currently operational. They will require mechanical attention and in some cases significant restoration prior to any road use.


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