We’ve decided that our time with the SCM Mehari has come to an end.
A couple of Alfas are coming out of restoration, so we need to free up some space in the garage.
We’ve enjoyed the Mehari — and we’ve done quite a bit to make it a very good driver (all things in context, of course). It has been tuned, electronic ignition installed, the shift-linkage bushings replaced, and the brakes properly set up. It’s actually quite fun for motoring around town.
We put in a stereo — and set our Pandora channel to “French Café Music.”
Legend has it this is one of a group of Meharis sold to Budget-Rent-A-Car in Maui back in the 1970s. The program failed when inebriated golfers kept falling out of the cars (there are no doors).
Last year we drove the Mehari 60 miles in a day from SCM Headquarters in Portland, OR to the Forest Grove Concours Wine Tour and back.
Parker Collier said she knew we were coming from the sound of “French plastic flapping in the wind.”
Those were the best 60 miles we are likely to have with the car, so it can leave the fleet.
The cars that are long-term keepers tend to be multi-faceted. They are cars that we can use locally — but also take on longer tours. Even our little Bugeye can cruise comfortably at 60 mph for relatively long distances. That can’t be said about the Mehari.
The Mehari’s best use is for short-trip fun — or perhaps stored on the deck of your mega-yacht for use in Monaco during the vintage races.
Several years ago, when we bought three MGBs to drive to the MG National Convention in Reno, we decided to sell them after the event. By driving them the 500 miles to Reno from Portland, we had gotten the best 500 miles we were going to get from these cars. We have other sports cars in our stable that cruise and handle better. So off they went.
Selling this plastic-bodied 2CV (yes, it has the big-block 603-cc engine) gives us a slot for the Sprint Speciale when it is finished, cuts our insurance bill slightly, and simply gives us one less machine to worry about.
The Mehari could be the perfect candidate for a road trip to nearly anywhere. If you stick to back roads and 55 mph, I believe you could chug along for hundreds if not thousands of miles. Fly in and drive it home!
We have about $15,000 all-told “invested” in this diminutive machine. I haven’t checked the Mehari Market Letter for the latest market updates, so I’m open to your offers. If you’re interested, drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org