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Citroen marks 45th birthday of the Mehari

The Citroen Mehari is one of manufacturer's best-loved vehicles and, having been unveiled in France on May 16th 1968, its 45th birthday is on the horizon.

Diane 6 Mehari, as it was originally known, has been recognised over the years for its unpretentious build and pleasurable drive that made it so popular.

It boasted a lightweight body made from Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene and was famous for its ability to be fully opened from the waistline, which included a windscreen that folded down onto the vehicle's bonnet.

The French army were even adherents of the model, utilising it for its lightweight design that made it easy to parachute behind enemy lines.

Some 150,000 Mehari were constructed between 1968 and 1987, including a four-wheel driver version that launched in 1979.

To celebrate the landmark, Citroen will have a special area at the Citroen C_42 showcase on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, which will look at key points during the vehicle's history.


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