Citroen - Mehari
The Citroën Méhari is an off-roader, 144,000 of which were built between 1968 and 1988. The Méhari was based on the Citroën Dyane 6, and had a body made of ABS plastic with a soft-top. It also employed the 602 cc flat twin gasoline engine from the 2CV6. A four-wheel drive version of the Méhari was produced from 1980 to 1983 and had excellent off-road qualities, mostly due to the lightness of the vehicle (the standard Méhari weighs just 1300 lb (590 kg)).
Citroen Mehari 1970
The French Army used Méharis modified to have 24 V electric power and was in service with the Irish Defence Forces who purchased a total of 12 machines in the late seventies. The Méhari was sold in the United States for one year, 1970, where the vehicle was classified as a truck. As trucks had far more lenient safety standards than passenger cars in the US, the Méhari did not have seat belts.
Like the Citroën DS and Citroën SM, the Méhari's distinctive appearance has earned it frequent appearances in television and film, including The Muppet Movie, The Omega Man and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, while Brian Keith drove a Méhari in Hawaii in the American television series The Brian Keith Show.