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1961

The 2CV underwent a major facelift. The old "corrugated bonnet" was replaced by a new, sleeker bonnet, with 5 smooth ridges running down it.

The AMI 6 was introduced. This was one of the first attempts to "modernise" the 2CV. It was of a sleeker shape, had a comfortable interior, and much of the bodywork was double skinned. It was prone to rusting, and opinions about its appearance varied; like the 2CV, it was either loved or loathed.

1963

The 2CV gets a new luxury.... Electric windscreen wipers.

1965

The old "suicide" front doors were considered too dangerous (opening one at speed, with no seatbelt on was not advisable) and replaced with more conventional doors hinged at the front.

1966

Production of 2CV cars and vans in the United Kingdom stops after 13 years.

1968

Two new models, both based on the 2CV were introduced in this year:

  • The Dyane, intended to replace the 2CV was a sleeker, squarer and arguably more modern  "hatchback" variation of the car. As well as the original 435cc engine, the Dyane was available with a 602cc engine  In all other areas it was the same vehicle, under slightly different clothes.
  • The Mehari, a unique vehicle based on the Dyane was introduced. This was a general purpose utility vehicle, not dissimilar to the British Mini Moke, but with far superior off road ability, and a body of tough, long lasting ABS.

1969

The AMI 6 is replaced by the AMI 8. This was an improved version of the car with sleeker lines and a very well appointed interior.

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