Classic Car Catalogue

Citroën 1971

2 CV  
Dyane  
Ami 8  
GS  
D series  
Méhari  
SM  
M 35 – discontinued (267 ex.)

France

Production in 1971:
2CV 99,658
Dyane/Méhari 99,012
Ami 8 88,464
GS 156,900
D series 84,328
SM 5,032
M-35 49
Total: 526,443
At last Citroën have a mid-range model to fill the gap between 2-cylinder models (2CV, Dyane and Ami) and the D series. The GS made its debut in August last year and in October at Paris Show the public could admire it for the first time. It was overwhelmingly voted Car of the Year for 1971.
All 2-cylinder models continue this year without significant changes.
Paris Motor Show in October saw the introduction of estate versions of the new GS. All D-series received new door handles.

Paris Show in October.
 

2 CV

wb: 240 cm B2 cyl.
435 cm³
26 ch (SAE)
24 ch (DIN)
B2 cyl.
602 cm³
33 ch (SAE)
28.5 ch (DIN)
 
berline
price in Oct.
4
7,392 F
6
7,892 F
 

Contrary to the forecasts the creation of the Dyane in 1967 did not break the career of the 2 CV. In October an external mirror and small changes to the rear suspension.

The 2CV 4 model '72 at Paris Motor Show in October.
 

Dyane

wb: 2400 mm B2 cyl.
435 cm³
26 ch (SAE)
24 ch (DIN)
B2 cyl.
602 cm³
35 ch (SAE)
32 ch (DIN)
berline
price in Oct.
Dyane
7,992 F
6
8,592 F
commerciale
price in Oct.
Dyane
? F
6
? F

CITROEN DYANE
4: £624 (incl. P.T.)
6: £688 (incl. P.T.)
France produces some highly practical if unconventional cars and the rugged little Dyane falls unhesitatingly into this category. It has an air-cooled flat twin engine of 602 c.c.s, which drives the front wheels (like all Citroens since 1934) and produces enough power to take it up to around 70 m.p.h. And it can be driven flat out at that all day, being remarkably frugal with petrol. Suspension is independent and extremely supple, which makes this a surprisingly comfortable car to drive. There's a sunshine roof as a-built-in bonus.

London show review

The standard Dyane don't have hubcaps.

Dyane 6 model '72 has an external mirror.
 

Méhari

wb: 240 cm B2 cyl.
602 cm³
33 ch (SAE)
28.5 ch (DIN)
 
open 4-seat
price in Oct.:
Méhari
9,180 F
 
open 2-seat
price in Oct.
Méhari
? F
 

From April the Méhari could optionally benefit from a hard-top with glass sides prepared outside by a subcontractor.

Méhari at Paris Show last year.
 

Ami 8

wb: 240 cm B2 cyl.
602 cm³
35 ch (SAE)
32 ch (DIN)
 
berline
price in Oct.
Confort
9,480 F
 
berline
price in Oct.
Club
9,992 F
 
break 5-door
price in Oct.
Confort
9,992 F
 
break 3-door
price in Oct.
Service
9,430 F
 

For 1971 the Club has decorative strips on the side of the body.
CITROEN AMI 8
Luxe: £749 (incl. P.T.)
Club: £789 (incl. P.T.)
Confort Est.: £798 (incl. P.T.)
You see literally thousands of these bounding around France and the continent, and their virtues are comfort, economy, reliability and an acceptable performance. You can't expect a two-cylinder air-cooled engine of only 602 c.c.s to turn the Ami into a fireball, but it will eventually reach somewhere around 75 m.p.h. and keep going at that till the petrol runs out. Like all Citroens, it has front-wheel-drive and the soft suspension is pure Citroen too, interconnected between front and rear. The roughly-fastback body will carry a surprising amount of people, luggage etc. in French comfort.

London show review

Ami 8 berline Confort at Paris Show last year.

Ami 8 berline Club

Ami 8 Service
 

GS

wb: 2550 mm B4 cyl.
1015 cm³
61 ch (SAE)
55.5 ch (DIN)
 
berline
price in Oct.
Confort
12,280 F
 
berline
price in Oct.
Club
13,280 F
 
break 5-door Turisme
price in Oct.
Confort
12,940 F
- new model
break 5-door Turisme
price in Oct.
Club
13,940 F
- new model
break 3-door Commercial Confort - new model
break 3-door Commercial Club - new model
van 3-door Service - new model

The Car of the Year 1971, the new GS is well designed and engineered. Very modern, 4-cylinder, air cooled boxer is made of aluminium and features two overhead camshafts driven by toothed belts and two-barrel carburettor. Less futuristic than the DS fifteen years ago but still outstanding, the silhouette resembles the BMC 1800 prototype by Pininfarina, seen three years ago at Turin show. The suspension is a simplified version of the proven Citroen hydropneumatic system.
The car is criticized for its rudimentary dashboard, lack of power at low revs and high fuel consumption.
Ferodo semi automatic transmission option in January.
GS break estate car launched in October at the Paris Show. First announced on July 29 and revealed to the journalists on September 2.
CITROEN GS
Confort: £1,044 (incl. P.T.)
Club: £1,136 (incl. P.T.)
Anything Citroen does is exciting and the GS is no exception. It has already won the coveted 'Car of the Year' award and if you happen to go to France, you'll see them in surprisingly large numbers already. The formula looks good - an air-cooled horizontally opposed four cylinder engine driving the front wheels, hydropneumatic suspension, typical way-out Citroen styling, and the sort of comfort you expect - and always get-in French cars. A big bonus is the exceptional road-holding and quiet cruising. A very bright newcomer.

London show review

GS break Club at Paris Show in October.

GS break

GS break Service Club during press release held at the Bois de Boulogne in the elegant setting of Pré Catelan.

The three basic body styles of the GS break.
 

D Series

wb: 3125 mm 4 cyl.
1985 cm³
91 ch (SAE)
81 ch (DIN)
4 cyl.
1985 cm³
98 ch (SAE)
89 ch (DIN)
4 cyl.
1985 cm³
103 ch (SAE)
91 ch (DIN)
4 cyl.
1985 cm³
108 ch (SAE)
99 ch (DIN)
4 cyl.
2175 cm³
115 ch (SAE)
106 ch (DIN)
4 cyl. inj.
2175 cm³
139 ch (SAE)
125 ch (DIN)
 
berline
price in Oct.
DSpécial
discontinued
DSpécial
15,772 F
DSuper
discontinued
DSuper
18,180 F
- -  
break
price in Oct.
- - 20 Luxe
discontinued
- - -  
break
price in Oct.
- - 20 Confort
discontinued
20 Confort
22,672 F
21 Confort
23,932 F
-  
familiale
price in Oct.
- - 20 Luxe
discontinued
- - -  
familiale
price in Oct.
- - 20 Confort
discontinued
20 Confort
22,628 F
21 Confort
23,888 F
-  
berline
price in Oct.
- - DS 20
discontinued
DS 20
21,652 F
DS 21
23,508 F
DS 21
26,108 F
 
berline
price in Oct.
- - DS 20 Pallas
discontinued
DS 20 Pallas
23,320 F
DS 21 Pallas
25,420 F
Pallas
28,020 F
 
berline
price in Oct.
- - DS 20 Prestige
discontinued
DS 20 Prestige
discontinued
DS 21 Prestige
discontinued
Prestige
discontinued
- discontinued
cabriolet
price in Oct.
- - - - DS 21 Cabriolet
discontinued
Cabriolet
discontinued
- discontinued
berline
price in Oct.
- - - - Prestige Pallas
30,140 F
Prestige Pallas
32,740 F
- new in summer
The DS 21 with carburettor or injection receives a 5-speed gearbox as standard, also available as an option on the DSuper.
Cabriolet discontinued in the summer. At the same time Prestige replaced by Prestige Pallas.
A Borg Warner fully automatic gearbox become made available for the DS-21 in November.
1970 DSpécial and DSuper models engines has more power.
The estate Luxe models has been dropped.
All models sports new recessed door handles and exterior mirrors.
CITROEN D SERIES
From £1,494 (incl. P.T.)
They may have been around for a long time, but the D family is still very much up-to-date. The streamlined shape gives them superb high-speed cruising with economy, and if you want maximum performance there's a petrol injection model which will supply it. Comfort is a special feature, greatly helped by the self-levelling hydropneumatic suspension that makes mincemeat of poor road surfaces. Swivelling headlamps, that follow the driven front wheels as they turn for bends and corners are another Citroen feature.

London show review

DS Pallas at Paris Motor Show in October 1970.

DS berline

DSpécial

Break 20/21

DS 20 model '72 at Paris Show. in October.

DS 21 Pallas model '72 at Paris Show. in October.

September 1971 brochure.
 

SM

wb: 2950 mm V6 cyl. 90°
2670 cm³
180 ch (SAE)
170 ch (DIN)
coupé
price in Oct.
SM
51,800 F

The glass front of the SM houses six headlamps which are connected to the suspension to maintain a constant beam height whether accelerating or braking. The inner pair are connected to the steering as on the DS. The dashboard feature an oval steering wheel and oval shape instruments. The engine is a V6 unit built by Maserati with three Weber carburettors giving maximum power output of 180 bhp at 6250 rpm, driving front wheels via 5-speed manual gearbox. The suspension is fully independent hydropneumatic, self levelling with variable ride height and anti dive and anti squat geometry. Varipower steering provides variable power, depending on the speed. Length 4,890 m, Width 1,840 m, Height 1,320 m, Wheelbase 2,950 m, top speed 220 km/h.
Optional equipment: an air conditioner (+ 1,900 F), a leather upholstery (+ 2,100 F), tinted glass (+ 460 F) and a radio Hi-Fi with electric antenna (+ 1,500 F).
New RR Michelin reinforced resin wheels (optional).
CITROEN SM
Estimated price between £4,500 and £5,000 (incl. P.T.)
This is one for the real connoisseur - a marriage of Citroen's flair and Maserati engineering. It has a 2670 c.c. Maserati V6 engine, with four overhead camshafts clothed in an aerodynamic shape that is unmistakeably French and really eye-catching. Performance is exciting too, with a top speed of 135 m.p.h. and acceleration to match, while technically the SM is highly advanced. There is a special safety system of steering, so that the car remains totally stable if a front tyre punctures, and many other features for competitors to follow.

London show review

The SM presents is new, super light wheels at Paris show in October.
 

M-35

 

"Operation M 35" ended in 1971. These prototypes with rotary piston engine and Heuliez body had been launched in small series at the end of 1969 and entrusted to customers selected from January 1970. Originally planned in 500 copies, this experimental car did not ultimately exceed 267 units (6 in 1969, 212 in 1970 and only 49 in 1971).
 

           
           

   

Out of 59 cars at the start to the Rallye du Maroc organized from April 28 to May 11, only 9 managed to finish and, among them, the SM of Deschaseaux-Plassard -1st in the general classification - and three DS 21 including two from the factory: those of Consten-Motte (3rd in general) and Neyret-Terramorsi (4th). Thanks to these brilliant results, Citroën won the manufacturers' cup for the third consecutive year.

The SM of Deschaseaux-Plassard in full effort in a difficult passage of the Rally of Morocco. They won with more than an hour ahead of the Peugeot 504 of Chasseuil classified second.

The DS 21 in the 1971 Morocco Rally.

Following the success of the Paris-Kabul-Paris rally last year, the factory decided to repeat the experience, this time to Persepolis. With the support of Total, RTL and the Maison de l'Iran, Citroën organized a magnificent month of vacation for 1,300 young people aged 18 to 30. They left Rungis on July 31, 1971.