The Citroen Méhari most certainly took its inspiration from the British Motor Corporation’s Mini Moke, and it came about as a prototype in 1967 and, like its British version, it was based on a normal production vehicle.
This Citroen came via the Dyane 6 version of the legendary 2CV. This meant that the Méhari was equipped with the torsion-bar suspension and air-cooled 602cc twin-cylinder engine which drove the front wheels alone.
The open body was constructed of ABS plastic, and it included a removable soft top and side screens to provide weather protection, similar to the Moke.
The Méhari was named for a species of Camel known for speed, and it was introduced at the Paris Auto Show in October 1968. It remained in production until 2CV production in France came to an end in 1988. By the end of the run, a total of 144,953 had been produced, but only around 1,200 of them were four-wheel-drive models.
‘Sahara’ was the first Citroen to employ four-wheel drive in a 2CV, and it was introduced in the mid-1950s. It included a second engine that drove the rear wheels independently of the front engine.
The 4×4 Méhari, which was manufactured from 1980 to 1983, had a front-mounted engine and a standard four-wheel-drive system. The majority of them were supplied to the French Army, and civilian variants are quite uncommon.
According to all accounts, the Méhari 4×4’s high ground clearance, long-travel suspension, lightweight, and all-wheel drive made it an exceptionally capable off-road vehicle. The 2CV body has been added to the Méhari 4×4 chassis by certain independent experts, resulting in a typical four-wheel drive saloon with four doors.