Register your Ami:
If you are lucky enough to own one of these rare machines you'll know just how comfortable, economical and fun they are, and as an Ami owner you become adept at rust prevention pretty quickly. That said, the number of Amis within the Club is slowly rising and is currently around 30. So, buy an Ami today and have a car as rare and as head-turning as a Ferrari... and much, much cheaper to insure.
The Citroën Ami
Introduced in 1961 in France and 1962 in the UK, the quirky Ami 6 Saloon featuring the famous reverse rake rear window was a more opulent vehicle based on the chassis of the 2CV, fitted with a new 602cc engine of increased power. The Ami 6 was aimed as a 2nd car for owners of the larger DS models and were finished inside like bigger DS with plush soft seats, a stylish light airy cabin using the latest materials and a single spoke steering wheel.
From 1964 an estate – the 'Break' – was added and this was also available in panel van guise as the 'Commerciale', with the launch of these new models the Ami became the best selling car in France, but sadly, despite being hailed as the most comfortable small car in the world by the UK motoring press, the Ami 6 sold in very small numbers, due mainly to the large taxes applied by the UK Government to foreign imported cars.
From 1969 in France (1970 UK) an updated version of the Ami – the Ami 8 – took over from the Ami 6. This new car featured different styling and a new fastback body for the saloon, further increasing interior space. Engine power was increased to 35hp with a new higher compression engine (débuted on the Ami 6 from 1968), which, from 1970 came with front Disc brakes and a front anti-rollbar to improve handling. The Ami 8 was also available in estate and van form, and sold very well here in the UK.
From 1973 the ultimate Ami was launched; the Ami Super. Looking identical to the Ami 8, except for minor detail changes, the Super had twice the engine power thanks to the use of the 1015cc flat 4 engine borrowed from the Citroën GS, and predated the Golf GTi being possibly the first hot hatch (in Break form). Sadly the Super was phased out during 1976 with the rundown of the Ami range. The Ami 8 ceased to be available in the UK during 1978, soldiering on in France until the end of 1979 when it was replaced by the Citroën LNA and VISA.