In 1968 French auto maker Citroën launched the Méhari, a small utility car and off-roader. The Méhari was Citroën's replacement for the 2CV Sahara and was named after the breed of a fast-running dromedary camel, which can be used for racing or transport. A Méhariste was a French Armée d'Afrique cavalryman that used these camels.
Preproduction Citroën Méhari (1967-1968)
The Méhari was based on the Citroën Dyane 6, and had a body made of Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) with a soft-top. It employed the 602 cc engine shared with the 2CV6 and Citroën Ami 6. A four-wheel drive version of the Méhari was produced from 1980 to 1983. 144,953 Méharis were built between 1968 and 1988.
Citroën Méhari Mk I (1968-1970)
Citroën Méhari Mk II (1970-1978)
Citroën Méhari Mk III (1978-1988)
Brochure 1968 (French)