Weird Car of the Week: The Citroen That Was Designed for Mimes
Go ahead, take a second to soak in all the weirdness that you’re seeing at this very moment. Yes, that is a Citroen. Yes, those are mimes. And yes, this car does sound like it was named after the ancient Indian book on modern sexuality (Kama Sutra). It's the Citroen Kar-A-Sutra, and it was created in 1972. RELATED: See More of the Wacky Citroen Kar-A-Sutra Concept
That’s a good question. The Kar-A-Sutra was created by Mario Bellini for Citroen in 1972 as a Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) exhibit in New York. He described the project as a “mobile human space." I don't know about the whole "human" part, though.
Its design resembled something like an industrial minivan, and had enough room for what looks like six or seven mimes lying flat, if not more.
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The idea was to create a car that was comfortable — thus the pillows — and able to be configured to the user’s liking. You can go completely open air with no windows, you can take the roof off, and you can even swing around on it like a monkey if you so pleased (above).
The car pretty much embodied everything that was weird and wonderful about France in the 1970s.
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Where is it Now?
Probably at the bottom of a garbage dump somewhere, sadly. It only lived on for a short time as an art exhibit, and even with a Citroen DS platform underneath, it probably wasn’t able to drive.
This weird car was just one of many amazing concepts to come from France (and Citroen in general) during that time.
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