Citroën Berlingo Coupé de Plage

I'm allowed an off day, right? Like when you let me get away with posting a beach car concept based off of a late-'90s Citroën van, the Berlingo. Introduced at the 1996 Paris Motor Show, the Berlingo Coupé de Plage is "weird" mostly because it's a sort of less extreme and more production-ready version of, oh, I don't know…the Pontiac Stinger?

And honestly, what do you really want to know about it? You probably just want to scroll through the hilarious number (and content) seen below from its official press photos, including a man poised on the back with a, "You want some scuba?" kind of look…

Actually, think of the Coupé de Plage, or "beach coupe" as a Sea-Doo with four wheels and a rear-facing hammock—a compelling idea for those of us with beaches nearby. That said, would you live with the compromises found in a vehicle like this for a few weekends of recreational fun during the summer?

Under the hood is a wheezy 102-horsepower 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine, and was good for just 165 km/h (102 mph). On the plus side, however, it did pack external speakers for keeping your beach parties alive…or annoying the neighbours.

So you're probably wondering where Citroën had this made, and if you can get one of your own. Just call up Bertone…they worked with Citroën on this concept.

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