Perhaps best known as a French car manufacturer, Peugeot started producing engines for both two and four wheels in 1899, indeed the Norton that won the very first TT in 1907 was in fact powered by a Peugeot engine. The factory did very well in competition and produced a whole range of models of varying capacity until the Second World War. From then on they concentrated, like many other European factories in producing cheap utilitarian lightweight 50cc machines that were affordable to the masses. By the time the sixties came they were better known for their cars, but continued with mopeds mainly for sale in their home country. This little Peugeot is finished in blue with Peugeot badges in red on the fuel tanks, a black seat and white wall tyres; the Veglia speedometer is showing some 3,940km having been covered. Laid up for some time, this fine machine is ripe for some care and attention and would provide a first restoration project for a budding restorer that can be back on the road or indeed nipping around the paddock accompanying a period race car at Goodwood or Le Mans Classic. Please note, no documentation is available.
The Peugeot 203 is a medium sized produced between 1948 and 1960. The car was exhibited at the Paris Motor Show in 1947, but by then had already been under development for more than five years. Volume manufacturing was initially hampered by strikes and shortages of materials, but production got under way in 1948. The 203 was Peugeot's first new model launched after WW II. During its twelve year production run nearly 700,000 203s of all variants rolled off the assembly line in Sochaux, France. Between the demise of the 202 in 1949 and the launch of the 403 in 1954, the 203 was the only model produced by Peugeot. At the time of the 203's demise, the Peugeot 403 was seen as its replacement, though it could be argued that the spacious front wheel drive 1300 cc Peugeot 304, which appeared only in 1969, or indeed the consecutively named 204 more directly occupied the market niche which in the early 1950s the 203 had made its own. Specifications . Body : length/width/height – cm (in) : 435/161/156 (171.3/63.4/59.1) ; wheelbase : 258 cm (101.6 in); weight : 960 kg (2010 lbs). Mechanics . Engine inline 4 1290 cc (79 Cid); 8 valves, 1 carburettor, 4-speed, manual, rear-wheel drive ; power :
This Peugeot 203 C Rally from 1957 was prepared for the London-Cape Town rally in 1992, which unfortunately didn’t take place. The car was taken to Netherlands and participate many (inter) national rallies (including Tulpenrallye and Monte Carlo Challenge in 1993 and 1994). There are many adjustments done so the 203 looks like a proper rally car, basic but with enough safety features and durability. In addition to the 200 l fuel tank there are sport seats and 4-point harnesses, period headlights (Hella's 200 mm), dual trip master, stopwatch "BigDigit", compass, roll bar, roof rack, heavier front and rear springs, wider tires (instead of 155 175) and a cylinder head of 403 (74 HP instead of 51 HP) mounted. To view this car and others, please visit the website at kucarfa.nl
This 203 convertible was delivered new in the Netherlands by Peugeot distributor Van den Boogaard and it stayed with the second owner for almost 35 years. The car has known one other owner since, making it a three owner car. The counter shows just 51.000 km, which seems to reflect the state of the car. In an original colour scheme the white body with black interior and accessories enhancing the car's elegant appearance like the protection for front and rear fenders and exhaust tip with Robri fins. It is equipped with its original convertible top and everything is attractive in its presentation: the body, paint, interior, accessories, additional trims, as well as the hood and cover. This convertible has always been maintained well and is working perfectly. It is indeed rare to find such a car with impeccable history and an authenticity that is indisputable. More information on: www.kucarfa.nl