would have been powered by a flat four air cooled engine of either
1.100 cc or 1.400 cc and the larger engined version would have
suspension. Development costs escalated and the decision was taken to
commence a new project - which
nearly brought about the demise of the company and which was indirectly
responsible for the Peugeot take over.
dash of the C-60 contained styling elements of both the Ami and the DS
- note the horizontal gear lever and the pťdalo brake button. The C-60
offered DS levels of accomodation but with a much smaller engine -
important for tax reasons in France where both the DS and ID were
heavily taxed. This was not a small car but a small-engined car.
The Ami 6
was always viewed as a temporary stop-gap solution to the chasm between
the 2 CV
and the DS
- a chasm that was not really filled until the launch of the GS. Having
rejected the Cocinelle
, work started in 1960 on a project to fill this gap - the C 60 -
longer and wider than the Ami but employing some of that car's styling
elements such as the reverse rake rear window and with a front end
reminiscent of the DS, here was a singularly attractive looking car
that has frequently been misdescribed as an Ami prototype.
C-60 was styled by Flaminio Bertoni who was also responsible for the Traction, 2CV, DS and Ami 6
(he described the Ami 6 as his favourite creation). The headlamp
treatment (using the lamps from the yet-to-be-launched Panhard 24)
anticipated the restyling of the DS in 1967.