Nearly Ideal: 80s French Turbo Diesel Wagon

Someone donated this awesomely odd 1986 Peugeot 505 diesel wagon, probably because it doesn’t have a clutch pedal.  Could their tax write-off become your project?

This Peugeot 505S turbo diesel wagon has about 240K on the odometer, which means the engine is barely broken in, but the car around it might have some issues.  The seller, a major donated car liquidator, says this car runs and drives well; so that’s something.  It seems this car has suffered mostly from sun damage.  The paint is so oxidized, that you could probably wear a flat-bill hat in this car and pass it off as “matte paint.”  The interior, on the other hand, needs some help.

If this had a manual trans, it’d be the perfect 80s oddity.  With an automatic, it’s almost there and the bidding is staying low enough that this might make an interesting parts hauler for the right buyer, unless someone buys it planning to take on a swap.  Of course, a modern turbo diesel swap would be awesome, and a diesel might get past CA smog laws.

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$405 with 11 bids and 8 hours to go
Orange, CA, USA

Iconic (to people who like unusual cars) front end is pure 80s Peugeot.  Surely, one or your teachers or professors drove one of these.

Wagons have just the right proportions, though the wheels look small by today’s standards.  If you buy this, please don’t change them unless they’re period correct!

Rear end shows 505S badge, but no diesel badge.  Is this the anti-sleeper?

Passenger side sheet metal looks straight to us.

There’s no pesky sunroof to leak.

Cockpit is all business in true euro style and doesn’t look as dated as domestics from this period.  It’s hard to tell, but we think we see dash cracks.

It’s French, so you get the obligatory Jaeger gauges.  Note boost gauge!

In a French car, you don’t get normal controls, but these aren’t too wacky.  Pull-out ashtray is awesome and probably had some professorial pipe smoke in it over the years.  Note the heated seats, too.

Upholstery hasn’t survived too well, so you’ll want to budget that in.  At least it’s neutral grey leather.

Even the rear is shot here.  Given the damage is along the seams and matte paint wasn’t available back then, this seems like sun damage.

There’s no shortage of cargo space here!

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Up for auction is a 1986 Peugeot 505s Wagon that was just recently donated to a national charity and is now being sold at NO RESERVE.
THIS VEHICLE IS LOCATED IN ORANGE, CALIFORNIA.

This 505s is equipped with a 2.4 Liter 4 Cylinder Turbo Diesel Engine and Automatic Transmission. Odometer reads 239,688  Miles. It appears to have all the standard equipment. The exterior is Burgundy in color and has Gray Leather interior.  Please see photos for more detailed description of vehicle and its overall condition.

ITEM DESCRIPTION:

THIS VEHICLE RUNS AND DRIVES/HAS BEEN LOCALLY ROAD TESTED 
IT IS EQUIPPED WITH A 2.5L 4 CYLINDER TURBO DIESEL ENGINE AND A AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
A/C DOES NOT WORK
FRONT WINDSHIELD IS BROKEN  
LEATHER INTERIOR WITH SOME WEAR(SEE PICTURES BELOW)   
EQUIPPED WITH WHEELS AND TIRES APPEAR TO HAVE 35% ROAD LIFE-LEFT
ALSO HAS SOME SCRATCHES, MINOR DENTS,RUST,SCUFFS AND PAINT FADE(SEE PICTURES BELOW)
LOCATED IN ORANGE, CA.

VEHICLE COMES WITH A CLEAN CALIFORNIA TITLE

REGISTRATION STATUS:JUN 2015

LIC: 4BJH339

VIN: VF3BD61YXGS406540

70s Peugeot Flagship Sedan

The Peugeot 504 was to top of the Peugeot range for many years and, like so many unusual European products, was in production – in one form or another – for over 30 years and on various continents.  Of course, it wasn’t in the US for long, as the entire brand pulled out in the 80s.

This is truly an elegant sedan and has clean styling.  While the PRV V6 found its way into this car, this example has a 2.0-liter four cylinder likely putting out a bit over 100 horsepower.  So, it’s not a fast car, but should be a pleasure to drive and likely has that wonderful French balance of ride and handling.  This one is also equipped  with a four-speed manual, which should help its fun factor.

The seller says this car has new paint and interior and that it runs well.  Several undercarriage pictures are included and show the car is pretty clean all around and appears to be well maintained.  Is it worth $7,500 to you?  If truly in very good condition, that might not be a bad deal.

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Huntington Beach, CA, USA
$7,500 BIN with a bit over seven hours to go

Classic looks work strangely well with apparently newer wheels.  We’re not experts, though – are these wheels original??

Front end hints at Peugeot “angry lamps” styling, which would stick around for quite some time.

From this angle, the rear looks pretty plain, though perfectly elegant.

This angle shows the funky, droopy butt shape.

These alloys appear to be newer than the car.

A full-size spare (notably on a steel wheel) is mounted under the car.  Pickup fans should be happy.

Gauge cluster is simple, well-placed and legible, though we’d like the tach in the middle.

Rear seat rear is more than ample, assuming those fronts aren’t pushed all the way forward.

Things look clean under the hood, but it looks like there’s been some shadetree mechanic wiring.  Also, the tiny cone filter doesn’t have much surface area.  The 2-liter four probably sounds good with that, however, and that’s easily changed.

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Rare In USA: Peugeot 304 Sedan

Okay, ALL Peugeot 304 variants are rare here, with the sedan likely the most common among them.  Still, have you ever seen one?

This apparently humble little sedan features an all-alloy engine equipped with a single overhead cam and also features four-wheel independent suspension.  This and the 504 launched the “angry eyebrows” look which would stick with Peugeot for two generations.

Why would one buy this?  It should provide good driving character for a vintage car due to its modern suspension and engine, buts its 1.3L four isn’t going to set any drag strip records.  In truth, this won’t outperform a Datsun 510 in any way, what with front-wheel drive.  The reason to buy this is to be different and, well, French.  If located in the US, the buyer will not likely see another unless its in his or her own French car collection or a beret-infested club meeting.

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Mission Hills, CA
$3,900

Front end is instantly recognizable as a Peugeot to anyone alive in the 70s and 80s.  Pinninfarina actually styled this car.

Profile is a pretty generic sedan look, with edges more rounded than those of most of its contemporaries.

Things are pretty basic out back.

Interior is appealing with woodgrain strip and floor-mounted manual shifter.

Transverse-mounted engine drives the front wheels.

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An unusual car that should be in a museum. I have many used parts as well. Runs and drives. Old tires. This is NOT a 504 model. It looks similar but it is smaller. Has austin-mini-like front wheel drive which means the transaxle is where the crankcase should be because it has a “take-down” gear. The clutch can be changed without removing any other part of the powertrain. Aluminum 1300 overhead cam hemi engine with a fan belt that runs in two planes like a corvair. Girling front disc brakes. MacPherson suspension with that luxurious Peugeot ride. Almost no rust. Peugeot marketed these in the USA for only a year and a half. The Peugeot 204 / 304 / 305 series went on for about 20 years in Europe. It’s rarer here than a Renault 12. Thanks for reading about my collectible French car.

French Creepy Van – Peugeot 4DA

Okay, it doesn’t have to be creepy, but any van can qualify with the right, subtle touches.  Regarless of creepy factor, this is a rare Peugeot van.

The seller says this is for parts only, but it’s not clear whether that’s because of a lack of title or something else.  This appears to be complete enough that one could make something of it.  There seems to be very little information available related to this van, so you’ll have the only one on your block if you take this on.

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Long Beach, CA
$3,000

This has plenty of upper panel space for your company’s logo, or your ‘free candy’ or ‘bonbons gratuite’ sign.

The front of this is, well, unique.

Double doors open up for long-skinny cargo space.

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Forbidden Fruit: Peugeot 406 Coupe V6

This was one of my favorite cars to spot when living in France.  It’s cool to see one in North America, but there’s pretty much no way to drive this legally in the US…too bad, as the Pininfarina styling is really cool.  This one proudly wears a good 90s color, too.  The only problem here is the lack of a clutch pedal.


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Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada
$3,500 with ZERO bids and no reserve
07/28/2013 update:  Ended sans bids and relisted with $9,900 starting bids (good luck!)
08/01/2013 update:  Shockingly, this ended with no bids at the $9,900 starting price.

Though a bit smaller, this always seemed a bit like the French Thunderbird – personal luxury without a luxury badge.

Ronin fans will remember the 406 sedan, which looks very similar from the rear.

Interior is nice, and the contrast treatment works well here.

Yes, the PRV V6 lived for a LONG time in may vehicles.

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Up for sale, my 1998 Peugeot 406 Pininfarina, the car sold with Canadian Ownership, Safety and E-test, 

very rear vehicle!

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The car is in very good shape. One of a Kind In Canada.

THE VEHICLE LI LOCATED IN WOODBRIDGE ONTARIO!

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