Citroën Ami 8

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Citroën Ami 8 Berline (1969–1978)
Citroën Ami 8 Berline (1969–1978)
Ami 8
Production period: 1969-1988
Class : Lower middle class
Body versions : Limousine , station wagon
Otto engines : 0.6–1.15 liters
(23.5–39.7 kW)
Length: 3990 mm
Width: 1525 mm
Height: 1485-1520 mm
Wheelbase : 2400 mm
Empty weight : 725-815 kg
Previous model Citroën Ami 6
successor Citroën Visa

The Citroën Ami 8 was a lower middle class automobile from the French car manufacturer Citroën . The Ami 8 (internal name Citroën type AM3) was technically based on the Citroën 2CV and was manufactured from spring 1969 to autumn 1978.

The vehicle , offered as a hatchback sedan and station wagon , was also sold with four-cylinder boxer engines from the Citroën GS as the Ami Super . The copies made in the Citroën plant Vigo in Spain were sold in Spain as "Citroën Dynam" for trademark reasons.


In March 1969, the Ami-6 sedan was replaced by that of the Ami 8. The station wagon version of the Ami 8 followed in August 1969.

Its two-cylinder boxer engine largely corresponded to the last version of the Ami 6. The centrifugal clutch for the Ami 8 was also available, with which you only had to press the clutch pedal when shifting. The bizarre body of the Ami 6 has been smoothed, simplified and refined for the Ami 8, while all-round visibility has been improved. Instead of a stepped tail with a rear window inclined against the direction of travel, the Ami 8 was given a hatchback. The station wagon version was called the Ami 8 Break.

From the end of 1969 to spring 1971, almost 300 prototypes based on the Ami 8 with the name Citroën M35 were built . This coupe had hydropneumatic suspension and a rotary engine . With this vehicle, Citroën wanted customers to test the rotary engine.

Between March 1969 and September 1978, 800,775 copies of the Ami 8 were produced.

Ami super

Citroën Ami Super Break (1973-1976)

Between January 1973 and February 1976 a model called the Ami Super was also offered.

The car was equipped with a reinforced chassis as well as the engine with 1015 cm³ displacement and the transmission of the larger GS . The air-cooled four-cylinder boxer engine with overhead camshafts developed 54 hp (40 kW) and helped the Ami Super to achieve better performance with low fuel consumption.

By February 1976 only 24,797 sedans, 19,222 "Break" and 801 "Break Service" were sold, which did not meet expectations.

The Ami Super was not particularly successful because the newcomers from the Ami 8 tended towards the GS presented in autumn 1970, which was more expensive, but with its self-supporting, aerodynamic body and hydropneumatics, was more than a generation more modern.


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