With the Ami Citroën tried to fill the gap between the functional 2CV and the stately DS. The result, an eccentric friend for life.
The Citroën Ami 6, with its characteristic reversed rear window, is one of the French manufacturers style icons. Although later design ooze with character as well, it is hard to surpass the recognizability and sympathetic oddness of the Ami 6. Nevertheless the somewhat less baroque Ami 8 has its own faithful following within the community. Talking about design or heritage, Citroën is the European car manufacturer that stands out from the crowd. Always at least a little different from the rest. With the Ami 6 and its successor the Ami 8 there is no clash with the philosophy of the brand with the double chevron. A nice and quirky design gathered with the updated underpinnings of the 2CV are a solid base for the Ami. Developed to fill the gap between the 2CV and the ID/DS-range, it has since become a true classic, recognized by many. It’s the car we used to see down our streets, a bit peculiar, strangely appealing and of course with an undeniable cuddliness.
Willem and Hans know each other through the close Citroën community. Real friends, true ‘ami’s’ and hardened followers of the French ‘savoir faire’. On visit at the Ami-club, where they source the parts for their classics, they can’t stop talking about their passion that is called Citroën Ami. The simple engineering makes for DIY maintenance and, with the rich source of parts in the clubs lager, they do manage to present two very fine cars indeed. And whenever there is some issue they can’t solve themselves, there is always someone around willing to help out. These are real friends, true Ami’s.
Willen is a genuine ‘Citrophile’, growing up with the brand, the Ami 6 is truly his best friend. He cherishes the car with a passion that he even sold the other classics he used to have just to be able to donate all his love to the Ami. In this video we also see the Ami 8 break of Hans, another bloke that was infested with the Citroën virus at a very young age. As a child in the rear seat of his parents Citroën, driving through France, gazing through the side window… That’s what memories are made from! Another bit of proof that brand preference often comes with the car choice of the parents.
Jolly and happy, both gentlemen relax behind the wheels of their French friend. You shouldn’t be hasty when driving one of these, they aren’t really fast, but they’ll take you just anywhere. Comfortably seated on the front couch, just rolling along with traffic, finding your own way. ‘Joie de Vivre’ as Hans describes it. French bread, a glass of wine to accompany the food and we all know what this is leading to. The Ami was conceived to be a friend!