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The Dyane 6 was launched by Citroen in January 1968 and was initially designed to replace the 2CV (as sales were dropping) but the plain failed and the Citroen Dyane 6 was unfortunately condemned to the era of the Volkswagen 411 and the Porsche 928 – the 2CV lived on and actually became a huge success.
The design fail of the Citroen Dyane 6
Designed by Louis Bioner and the Panhard team, the Dyane 6 didn’t quite meet the expectations of Citroen’s design chief Robert Opron and was hastily redesigned just before its launch.
The evolution of the Citroen Dyane 6
The initial Dyane 425cc engine could produce 21 bhp and a top speed of 63 mph but by March 1968, the 425cc engine was replaced with the improved 435cc engine. This change became the Dyane 4 and could reach a top speed pf 66mph with an additional 5 bhp but the lifespan of Dyane 4 came to an end in 1976. The Citroen Dayne 6, however, was given it’s very own 602cc engine that was originally installed a displayed at the 1968 Brussels Motor Show.
By 1969, the Dyane 6 was capable of 33 bhp and was eventually upgraded with front disc brakes in 1978.
High hopes for such a little car
Despite it’s unsuccessful career, the Citroen Dyane 6 is a unique little car with a lot of responsibility resting on its shoulders. As a direct competitor to the Mini 1000 Super, the Citroen Dyane 6 unfortunately didn’t quite live up to expectations and in July 1969 The Motor magazine reviewed the acceleration and top speed as falling short of the class average.
In total there were 1,443,583 Dyanes produced but only 531 have survived to date. This custom car project from Yves Boulogne features one of the survivors in disrepair and takes you through the whole project of customizing and restoring it.
Changes on this project
Not only do we see a change of shape to the hood, but the interior customizations are perhaps the most striking. The original seating is removed and re-upholstered with vintage-style sacks. The whole car is re-painted to a matte black and – if you wait towards the end –awesome graphics are painted down the side, giving the car some bad-ass character.
This project took a lot of work. We see a brand new hood attached to the front, the entire inside is gutted and not to mention the car is practically stripped back to basics before being rebuilt – that’s dedication to a hot rod project.
Wanna know what’s my favourite part? Definitely the wheels – and the sunroof – I think they really make the car, and are the perfect finishing touch.
So it’s easy to see that with a little TLC and some added power, the Citroen Dyane 6 can be an awesome, cool little machine.