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1957-1961 PEUGEOT 403 Cabriolet specifications

1957-1961 PEUGEOT 403 Cabriolet specifications Classic and Performance Car

Pininfarina’s reputation for producing stylish convertibles and coupés from family cars arguably started here. The 403 Decapotable, to give the car its correct title, shared its wheelbase and running gear with the saloon, but looked a lot more appealing. First shown at the 1956 Paris Salon, it instantly found favour with buyers. The high-compression 1.5-litre engine gave reasonable performance, but this car was always about touring. Values continue to climb, despite (or due to?) endless reruns of TV’s Columbo – and appearances of his shabby, unkempt version.

Production

  • Production:
    2050
  • Price (excellent)
    £11,000
  • Price (good):
    £9,000
  • Price (average):
    £6,000
  • Price (project):
    £2,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    24.0secs
  • Top speed:
    76.0mph
  • Power:
    58.0bhp
  • Torque:
    74.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    25.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, transverse leaf springs
  • Suspension Rear:
    Live axle, coil springs
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4470mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2667mm
  • Width:
    1676mm
  • Height:
    1549mm
  • Weight:
    1300kgs
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