by: Frederick Boucher [ ]
New type! The CitroŽn Ami 6 was introduced in 1961, the station wagon Break followed in 1964. The Herpa miniature model is released in the classic green color featuring the prominent bumper brackets.
Citroen Ami 6 Break
Brochure: Herpa Cars & Trucks 2012 / 05-06
Series: Vintage car
SummaryHerpa Vintage series takes a turn into France with this classic French family wagon, the CitroŽn Ami Break. The model features authentic body styling and big bumpers like the original, an interior, and clear lenses for vehicle lights.
CitroŽn Ami BreakThe CitroŽn Ami is a supermini produced by the French automaker CitroŽn from 1961 to 1978. The Ami and stablemate CitroŽn Dyane were replaced by the CitroŽn Visa and CitroŽn Axel. The Ami was for some years the best-selling car model in France. Production totalled 1,840,396 units.
Although not its commercial name, in France the Ami was often referred to as the CitroŽn 3CV Trois chevaux, or "three horses", CV originally being the initials for "chevaux-vapeur" (horsepower - lit. 'steam horses'), but used here for "chevaux fiscaux" in short. The "cheval fiscal" was a French fiscal unit based on engine size ; smaller CV usually meant economical cars. The 602 cc engine of the Ami was fractionally above the upper limit for the 2 CV taxation class. The 3CV nickname differentiated the car in the market place from the long established CitroŽn 2CV, but was never applied to the Ami 8, only to the Ami 6. At launch all the cars were powered by an air cooled 602 cc two-cylinder flat engine which was also offered at extra cost in the 2CV from 1961. The platform chassis and suspension is similar to the 2CV, being independent all round using leading and trailing arms and coil springs interconnected front to rear. For a detailed suspension description see CitroŽn 2CV. The Ami's seats were easily removable. Sales pitches of the Ami included photographs of the seats being used as picnic chairs. The Ami and the 1961 Ford Taunus were the first vehicles with rectangular (as opposed to round) headlamps.Ü
The term ďBreakĒ refers to the Estate body type.
Herpa CitroŽn Ami BreakThis new model type is joins 11 other CitroŽn models by Herpa, part of the 199-strong Vintage Car series. The model is fully assembled and packed in a light plastic form-fitted tray secured in a light plastic box. These packages do great job of protecting the model from dropping and crushing. Many Herpa models have arrived in boxes abused by the postal service with mashed packages but without damage to the model. Unfortunately, this time the abuse was too much. I include a photo of the model and package as found when I opened the shipping carton. Remarkably, the model was not damaged except for the loss of the separately applied driverís side mirror. Once again Herpa's great packaging protected the model from serious damage!
I found no flaws in the molding or assembly. The exterior features fine recessed lines for doors and hoods and panels. The tires are made of rubber or vinyl or soft plastic and have nice tread detail. Decorative items on the grille are modeled while the peculiar prominent bumper brackets are attached. Underneath is an underbody with a little more than basic molded detailed. The windshield is free of distortion and you can see the nice interior.
DetailsIndividual clear lenses simulate the headlamps. Brake lights and turn signals are represented with paint.
Windshield wipers are part of the chrome combing around the windshield. Factory applied separate side view mirrors are installed.
Look inside the passenger compartment to see detail almost worth popping the body off for: gray seats, the steering wheel, console, rear view mirror, and dashboard detailing. All is easy to see through the clear windows.
Paint and Finish
The exterior is finished in grŁn / green. Chrome accent strips extenuate the windows, roof edge, hood, bumpers, grille, door handles, and center hub caps. I canít see any CitroŽn logo on the model. While the body paint is thin, smooth and opaque, the hand painted trim is a little imprecise under a window.
Hitting the BoulevardHerpa has released a nice model CitroŽn Ami Break. It has fine plastic detail and good finishing. It features lenses for headlights, painted brake lights, a detailed interior, tire treads, and applied side view mirrors. It lacks underside detail, and some chrome trim paint is a bit imprecise.
I recommended this model for collectors, and model railroaders and diorama makers of the early 1960s Ė 1970s.
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Ü. Wikipedia. CitroŽn Ami. [Web.] 27 September 2012.
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