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CitroŽn Ami 6

CitroŽn Ami 6
EngineFlat twin cylinder
Displacement603 cm≥
Bore * stroke74 * 70 mm
Main bearings2
Compression7,7 : 1
CylinderCast iron
Engine controlOHV (spur gears)
Valves2 per cyl., V-shaped
Mixture preparationSingle venturi carburetor
Tank capacity25 liter
Cooling systemBlower
Torque41 Nm at 2800 rpm
Performance14 kW (19 HP)
Rated speed4500 rpm
Drive trainLongitudinal engine, front-wheel drive
ClutchDry-, optional centrifugal clutch
TransmissionFour-speed, 1st gear unsynchronized, curved handle gear shifter
Wheelbase2393 mm
Suspension frontLongitudinal arm, shifted
Suspension rearLongitudinal arm, towed
Brakes v/hDrums, hydraulic system
Damping of vibrationsMass inertia and friction damper, since 1962 tubular damper
Tyres125 R 15 (4")
Michelin X, steel belted
DesignFlaminio Bertoni
Length3865 mm
Width1524 mm
Height1485 mm
Weight680 kg + driver
Maximum speedApprox. 105 km/h
Construction period1961 - 1968
ModelsFour-door Saloon and later Estate car and Coupe

The shape of this car is definitely out of the ordinary, and it has clear advantages. Sitting in the rear means enjoying sufficient space for one's head, and the distance to the back window is spacious, too. In addition, the trunk lid also opens fine. It is typical for CitroŽn, choosing such an extraordinary design that does make sense only at second glance. Unfortunately, the design is not copied by others, because the everyday life use is obviously less important than the design of a car.

There is no doubt on the origin of the Ami 6. It is the same frame floor as the 2 CV; its engine is enlarged to 600 cm≥ (therfore 6) in the meantime. Only this time he has a complete body. The positive handling characteristics remained, but also the engine noise including the low tractive power. Nevertheless, the French liked him more than the R4, judging by the sales numbers.

All CitroŽns of those days had one thing in common: All painted outer parts are dismountable in few minutes. The fender might be removed from the car, and put for planishing into the workshop. Otherwise, the daily handling of the automobile getting used to at the beginning: the almost screeching noise when starting, the often necessary high engine speed and the other standards in the processing are especially disturbing for German buyers.

In this country, unfortunately, the for this class of vehicle unexampled comfortable suspension although with an adventurous, yet safe lateral inclination can not convince. In France, the disease, similar to that on ships, appears to be not an issue. There are also high and therefore unsporting steering thrusts and courage to accelerate. If one, however, once decided for the Ami 6 in the station wagon version (Break) this is most often the beginning of a long friendship, provided that the rust is not excessively noticeable. 06/08