After some epic fast Renaults the last couple of weeks it's time for a somewhat more utilitarian wagon to transport all the parts breaking down from those Clios. They're French so dépannage is inevitable.
This is a Citroën Ami Break. For several years in France the Ami ("Friend" in French) was the best selling car model, nearly 2 million have been made.
The Ami actually is a bigger re-bodied 2CV with mechanical upgrades like a larger engine than the 1950s 2CV to compensate for the added weight. At launch all the cars were powered by an air cooled 602 cc two-cylinder flat engine. The first 'normal' Amis, the 'Ami 6', were distinguished by an unusual reverse-raked rear window and the Ami, along with the '61 Ford Taunus, was the first car to have rectangular head lights.
During it's life-cycle an 'Ami Super' was introduced, it got a flat-4 with 55 bhp in stead of 32 (or even 22 for the first one!). Also the normal 'Ami 6' was replaced by the 'Ami 8', it had lost it's reverse-raked rear window.
It even was exported to the US. But the best was yet to come, the Citroën M35 was a coupé derived from the Ami 8 which was introduced in 1961. It's engine was replaced by a... 1-rotor Wankel engine! That one is really sought-after as one can imagine with 267 produced.
But back to the model. It's an Eligor 1/43 from the 'Les petits utilitaires Francais' series and it's supposed to be an 'Ami 6'. It came in a Jewel case with cartoonish Diorama:
The garage, if ever existed at all, isn't situated at the Avenue du Maréchal Foch in Evreux anymore. I had to check it when I was in Normandy last summer.
I like the details of this one quite a bit. 3-lugged wheels, glass headlights, chromed bumpers, all seem correct. The windows were of the sliding kind which Eligor represented by the lines halfway the door windows.
I got this one from a guy selling diecasts from Hong Kong who had a Simca Abarth I just had to get. He even put in extra 'gifts', I suppose it's a small cleaning towel?
That's it for this week. Ami-out!