It has its lovers and its haters, and whereas I fall into the previous camp, I’ve to confess that the jeopardy of realizing it may very well be a large flop in so some ways solely provides to its attraction.
I’m speaking, in fact, in regards to the oh-so polarising Citroën Ami, probably the most ridiculous but charming car to have been launched in latest occasions and, probably, one of the crucial important for its singularity of objective.
To recap, this wannabe Dinky Toy has 8bhp, a prime pace of 28mph and area for 2 folks. It is technically a quadricycle, not a automotive, and affords considerably diminished crash safety because of this.
So devoted to the artwork of reductionism is it that its door handles are material cords and considered one of its doorways is rear-hinged in order that the panels might be swapped facet to facet or fore and aft.
Many is the time you’ll peer by way of the window in search of the steering wheel to get your bearings, lest you attempt to get in not simply on the fallacious facet but in addition pointing within the fallacious course.
So it’s that in so many respects, the Ami seems and seems like its price ticket (round £6000: £2500 plus £20 per thirty days or 25p per mile) suggests it ought to. (Though some rational souls will argue even right here that you would have plenty of second-hand automotive for these figures).
However the level is not the laborious plastics, cramped circumstances or pedestrian prime pace. The purpose is that they are all packaged in one thing that is really better than the sum of its elements, quirky, enjoyable and unapologetically designed, charming sufficient to make you smile and with a sense of distilled utility (brief city hops) that it delivers with oodles of enjoyable however actually no frippery. No person wants an Ami – however numerous us need one.