Classic Car Catalogue

Citroën 1962

2 CV
Ami 6
DS / ID 19

France

Revue Automobile March 1962
March: A new 2CV option MIXTE with a boot lid that opens complete with rear window, flat rear floor and a back seat that can be folded down. The spare wheel is mounted under the bonnet.
May: Radioën option discontinued.
September: The AZU chassis is now used on the berline as well. Integrated dashboard with fuel gauge, speedometer and total distance counter fitted behind the steering wheel. Windscreen wipers are now electric. Heating is modified. The fabric boot-lid is discontinued.
October: more aerodynamic front on the ID and DS. New versions of the 2 CV.
Sales of the Ami-6 are not meeting expectations. 85,358 were made this year vs. 144,759 2 CVs and 54,191 Furgonettes. The new saloon is simply too expensive. In October a new, cheaper Tourisme was introduced.
Moc silnika 2 CV zwiększono do 13,5 KM. W marcu pojawiła się wesja MIXTE z klapą bagażnika obejmującą tylne okno. Ma ona całkowicie płaską podłogę bagżnika i składane tylne siedzenie. Dla zwiększenia przestrzeni bagażowej koło zapasowe powędrowało pod maskę. Opcjonalne radio Radioën zostało wycofane z oferty w maju.
We wrześniu zunifikowano podwozia wersji osobowych i towarowych. Wprowadzono nowy szybkościomierz do którego wbudowany jest wskaźnik poziomu paliwa. Jest on teraz umieszczony wprost za kołem kierownicy. Zmodyfikowano system ogrzewania wnętrza i zastosowano elektryczne wycieraczki. Nadwozia z brezentową pokrywą bagażnika zostały wycofane z produkcji.
Powstało 85358 sztuk Ami 6.
DS - modernizacja we wrześniu. Zmodernizowano przód pojazdu pod zderzakiem, co pozwoliło zwiększyć prędkość maksymalną o około 8 km/h. W wersjach ID zaoferowano wspomaganie kierownicy. Pojawiła się też wersja ID 19 Export z silnikiem DS o mocy 83 KM.
Łącznie firma wypuściła 391.784 samochodów.
London reportOctober '62
ALTHOUGH not really competitive, price-wise, with its British rivals, on the British market, due to the import-tax handicap, this rugged and outstandingly comfortable little car bristles with academic interest. A derivative of the celebrated 2CV, one of the best-selling cars France ever produced, the Ami borrows such basic features as front-wheel drive and interconnection of the front and rear suspension systems from its predecessor. Like all Citroëns since 1934, it follows the wheel-at-each-corner style of architecture, bringing such benefits as minimum wheel-arch intrusion on the rear passenger compartment and maximum resistance to fore-and-aft pitching. Lightly stressed under all conditions, the twin-cylinder air-cooled engine has an extremely long no-trouble life expectation.
ALTHOUGH their engines are unchanged, the '63 versions of these cars are claimed to be both faster and more economical than heretofore. This results from a drag-banishing clean-up in the prow and under-belly areas of the bodies. The air-intake to the radiator, for instance, formerly embodied in the bumper, now "stands in its own grounds", with aerodynamic benefit. Air ducting to the disc front brakes has also been revised, while the heating and ventilating system draws its draught from new slots just below the headlamps. DS and ID Citroëns now in production are credited with maximum speeds of 100 and 90 m.p.h. respectively. The former is the more elaborate, featuring servo operation for the gear-change, brakes, steering and clutch withdrawal. The ID is a bit less be-serviced but shares the DS's wonderful oleo-pneumatic suspension, which automatically adjusts the car's level as its load varies. Sound damping of the bodywork, and the heating and ventilating systems, have also been improved. On the ID, DS-type power steering becomes an optional extra. The range of body colours has been widened, too. Bumpers, front and rear, have acquired rubber over-riders. The huge Safari, a true shooting brake, is continued. Mechanically it follows the ID blue-print, and most of the ID saloon's new features apply equally to it.
FOR the first time in the marque's modern history, Citroën offer a convertible-the Decapotable. As can be seen from the sample exhibited on Stand 119, they've made a neat job of grafting drop-head upper-works on to a decapitated DS/ID hull. As a piece of engineering, the newcomer combines some DS features, some from the simpler and less expensive ID. The brakes and steering are both power-assisted but control of the gearbox is manual. Citroën's famous self-levelling suspension is retained, of course. Dimensionally, the Decapotable is almost identical with the corresponding saloons.
 

2 CV

wb: 240 cm B2 cyl.
425 cm³
13,5/15 ch
B2 cyl.
425 cm³
13,5/15 ch
B2 cyl.
425 cm³
13,5/15 ch
2x B2 cyl.
2x 425 cm³
26/28 ch
berline
price in Oct.
AZL
4,980 F
AZLP
5,125 F
Mixte
5,400 F
4x4
9,995 F

Citroën 2 CV
2CV AZLP
The new Mixte with a large tailgate that opens to the top of the rear window, folding rear seat and the spare wheel under the bonnet introduced in March. It was prepared by the Enac company, specialized in transformations of production cars in a hurry to match the new competition from Renault.
The 2 CV 4 x 4 continues its career without significant changes. Its production fall this year to 112 copies (instead of 274 in 1961).
In October AZL and AZLP gained a new dash, electric wipers. Before they were driven from the speedo cable.
2 CV Mixte
2 CV Mixte
2 CV Mixte
2 CV 4x4
 

Ami 6

wb: 240 cm B2 cyl.
602 cm³
22 ch
B2 cyl.
602 cm³
22 ch
berline
price in Oct.
Confort
6,630 F
Tourisme
6,540 F

The Ami-6 is highly criticized for insufficient power, noisy and cramped interior, especially in the rear and high price. For 1963 Citroën prepared a cheaper version, the Tourisme. It has simpler grille, front bumper without protective bar, headlight surrounds painted rather than chrome, fixed rear door windows and tubular frame seats with less padding.
Citroën Ami 6
Citroën Ami 6
Ami-6 Tourisme
Ami 6 Club for the USA.
 

DS and ID 19

wb: 3125 mm 4 cyl.
1911 cm³
69 ch
4 cyl.
1911 cm³
83 ch
 
DS 19 berline
price in Oct.
- DS 19
13,365 F
 
DS 19 berline
price in Oct.
- Prestige
16,125 F
 
DS 19 cabriolet
price in Oct.
- Decapotable
22,675 F
 
ID 19 berline
price in Oct.
Luxe
11,215 F
-  
ID 19 berline
price in Oct.
Confort
11,635 F
-  
ID 19 familiale
price in Oct.
Luxe
14,355 F
-  
ID 19 familiale
price in Oct.
Confort
14,725 F
-  
ID 19 break
price in Oct.
Luxe
14,025 F
-  
ID 19 break
price in Oct.
Confort
14,695 F
-  
ID 19 commerciale
price in Oct.
commerciale
14,275 F
-  
ID 19 cabriolet
price in Oct.
- Decapotable
21,885 F
 

For 1962 the DS 19 has a new, more elegant dashboard. Both the DS and the ID are equipped with automatic return wipers.
In January 1962, the position lights disappear from the pillar between the doors.
The following month, the convertible ID gained the more powerful engine developing 83 b.h.p. like the on on the DS. It also has the same, full-size hubcaps. The only external difference in now the vents on the front wings on the DS.
DS model '61 with side lights on the centre pillar.
DS 19 Prestige
The new dashboard of the DS 19.
Decapotable
Decapotable
Citroën DS / ID 19 Decapotable
The ID 19 Decapotable in its latest configuration.
ID 19 Break
Citroën ID 19 Break

Models '63

In October at the Paris Motor Show Citroën exhibited sedans and breaks ID-19 with significantly modified front. With the introduction of a redesigned lower fairing and a new under-the-hood airflow arrangement, the aerodynamic coefficient has been improved and the IDs run faster while consuming less fuel. The front bumper no longer includes the grille and it receives - like the one in the back - rubber overrides. Air intakes are located under the bumper and near the headlights, the first to cool the engine and the brakes, the seconds to ventilate the cabin and feed the heater. The latter can, on request at additional charge, be replaced by a special cooling system "cold country" with two heating groups, each with a radiator and a centrifugal fan. As an option, a DS-type power steering can also be fitted to the ID 19; this was announced at Salon 1962 but is not be available yet.
Modernizacja przodu DS. Ekspozycja w Paryżu.
DS 19
DS 19 Decapotable
 

Toivonen i Kallio zwyciężyli Scandinavian Rally Championship (Rajd 1000 Jezior) w DS 19.

Rallies:
  Event: Entered: Raced: Finished: Best results:
  29.8-2.9.1962 Liège-Sofia-Liège     4 77 DS 19 Henri 'Ido' Marang / Paul Coltelloni 2nd
          2 DS 19 Guy Verrier / Jacques Badoche 4th
          28 DS 19 Claudine Bouchet / Françoise Vallier 7th
            DS 19 "Cyr" / Gagnaux 14th
Photographed in the Dolomites, Henri 'Ido' Marang and Paul Coltelloni's Citroën in the Marathon Liège-Sofia-Liège at the end of the summer 1962.
A new driver, the Finnish Toivonen strengthened factory team and won the Scandinavian Rally Championship.
At the Monte Carlo Rally held in January and won by Eric Carlsson in a Saab, Citroëns were disadvantaged this year by the weather but four cars still rank in the top twenty places; the Neyret-Terramorsi DS-19 arrived in 7th position, the other Citroën closest being those of Guichet-Clement and Trautmann-Claudine Souchet arrived in Monaco respectively 13th and 14th.
At the Critérium Neige et Glace run in the Alps the following month, the DS-19 drivers finally found the bad weather conditions they had hoped for the Monte Carlo Rally. Neyret and Trautmann knew the roads by heart and allowed Citroën to take a double victory: in category "Grand Tourism" with Neyret-Terramorsi and category "Tourism" with Trautmann-Chopin.
The formidable, 5,470 km long Marathon Liège-Sofia-Liège took place at the end of the summer. For four days and four nights; From Liège, the competitors drove across Germany, Austria, Italy, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria to Sofia and back to Belgium on very difficult roads and tracks. This year Marathon was won by Bohringer's Mercedes 220 SE, while four Citroën obtained the best team result and allow Citroën to win the Constructors' Cup in addition to the Ladies' Cup won by Claudine Bouchet.
At the 31st Monte Carlo Rallye in January the DS-19 no.149 of Robert Neyret's and Jacques Terramorsi finished in 7th place in the overall standings and won in its class.
February 1962: the Neyret-Terramorsi team won
the Neige et Glace (Snow and Ice) Criterium.
March 1962: Neyret negotiates a slippery corner in the 15th Rallye Lyon-Charbonnières.
Out of only eighteen cars which finished the Liège-Sofia-Liège marathon four were Citroëns, being 2nd, 4th, 7th and 14th.
They won the Constructors' Cup and the Ladies' Cup grabbed by Claudine Bouchet.