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By the mid sixties, Citroën’s range comprised the 2CV, Ami 6 and the D series. The 2CV was beginning to appear both dated and somewhat spartan in comparison to the Renault 4. Flaminio Bertoni had died in 1964 and Robert Opron had been promoted to take his place.
The Panhard concern had been taken over by Citroën and Panhard’s design team, under Louis Bionier was tasked with the redesign since at that time, Citroën was working on a new mid-sized car. Projet F had just been abandoned and projet G (the GS) was under way; work was being undertaken on the new nose for the D series; work on the D Sport project which led eventually to the SM was well advanced and the Ami 6 was due for a restyling exercise which would lead to the Ami 8. There were insufficient funds available to develop a completely new car so the decision was taken to redesign the 2CV - to modernise it and broaden its appeal with the intention of ultimately replacing the 2CV. In fact, the 2CV would outlive its younger sister...
Although it is nowhere mentioned, it is quite likely that the Dyane was intended to be an example of badge engineering – a “Panhard 2CV” – the very name is evocative of the Dyna and the styling has, as one would expect, distinct Panhard overtones.
The Dyane was launched in in 1967 – with a 21 bhp 425 cm3 flat twin inherited from the 2CV and a four light body. As an option, the car could be fitted with a centrifugal Trafficlutch.
In January 1968 the Dyane 6 was launched, fitted with the 28 bhp 602 cm3 engine from the Ami 6.
In March 1968, the Dyane was replaced by the Dyane 4 – fitted with a new 435 cm3 engine developing 26 bhp.
In 1969, the Dyane 6 acquired an additional 5 horses – upping the power output to 33 bhp.
In 1970, the Dyane acquired side windows in the rear panels thereby turning it into a six light limousine. At the same time, the Dyane 6 power went up to 35 bhp. In 1973, the door handles were mounted the other way up. A new grille was fitted in 1975 and in 1976, production of the Dyane 4 ceased. In 1978, the Dyane 6 acquired front disc brakes. In 1982, the Trafficlutch was no longer offered as an option. In the summer of 1983, production of the Dyane ceased.