We photographed the Citroën Ami 8 pictured below in a small, quiet town on a Sunday afternoon. The registration number is not original so it’s hard to tell precisely when the Ami was built but it’s possible to narrow it down quite a bit because it is finished in a beautiful shade of light blue called Bleu Petrel that was only offered in 1975 and 1976. Other tell-tale signs of a later car include the roll-down windows (as opposed to the sliding windows found on early models) and the later style steering wheel.
The Ami has racked up several small dings and dents over the past few decades and the front passenger door appears to have been repainted. Anyone familiar with old Citroëns will tell you they rust fairly well so, relatively speaking, this one is in fantastic shape. We like the light blue, too, it’s one of our favorite colors on Amis. Blue was a rather unusual shade as many Amis were ordered in either beige or white.
45 years after its debut, the Ami 8 sedan remains under-appreciated by enthusiasts and many rough examples end their lives as parts cars rather than as projects. Clean 8s like the one pictured below are still around if you look hard enough and they can be purchased for considerably less than a comparable 2CV or Ami 6. All told, the Ami 8 is arguably the best option for those looking to buy a flat-twin-powered Citroën on a reasonable budget.