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Av. Louis Lepoutre, near Place Brugman

February 28, 2005

This appears to be a Citroën Mehari, presumably from some time in the early 1970s.

When I first saw this a few months ago near Place Brugman, I had thought it was a "Thing", which was one of the very first cars my father ever pointed out to me as being very cool. A few hours researching on the 'net, and I now know that the "Thing" was made by VW and not Citroën, and the "Thing" is otherwise known as the Kübelwagen, Mehrzweckwagen, or just Type 181.

I don't know much about the Mehari. The best pages I've found so far are at,,, and

This picture was taken with a Nikon Coolpix 5700 camera, and converted to greyscale by Photoshop 7 on an Apple PowerBook G3/400 running MacOS X 10.3.6. I had tried to apply color correction, but the extreme yellow cast from the sodium-vapor street lights they use around here at night was just so bad that I couldn't save it.

Compare with the series 51qn0012-51qn0015, which were taken with a Sony Ericsson P900 just a few minutes later.