Mainstreaming – 1987 Peugeot 505 STX V6

With the 505 being Peugeot’s attempt at being a little less weird, you could argue the PRV V6 powered 505 is the most milquetoast of them all. With a V6 pushing out 170hp, four doors, comfortable seating, and smart styling, on paper it was competitive with its contemporaries from BMW, Alfa, Saab, and more. However, by 1987, Peugeot’s reputation in the North American market was already cemented, and not in the best way. The PRV engine did not help either, other applications including the DeLorean and six-cylinder Volvo sedans, none of which had the greatest public perception of reliability. That said, any car that’s survived to the ripe old age of 28 will probably keep going with proper care and attention. Check out this 1987 Peugeot 505 STX V6 for sale for $2500 in Los Gatos, CA.

1987 Peugeot 505 STX V6 left front

With its updated flush headlamps and 8-spoke wheels, this sedan is pretty handsome in dark blue. The seller, a French car enthusiast, is moving the car along because his wife, who is the main driver of the car, wants something that won’t be ruined by her short commute. With a claimed 248,000 miles, this car’s condition is nothing short of amazing, and suggests a significant level of care from its owners (caretakers? lovers? whackos?).

1987 Peugeot 505 STX V6 engine

What a clean engine too. Said to have run on synthetic for the last ten years, it burns no oil. The car has a new catalytic converter and has successfully passed California smog – even if you’re not in California, this helps support the excellent condition of the car. It’s said to run well, and the transmission is equally good. If you’re worried about finding parts, consider the broad application of the PRV V6 – aside from the obvious Peugeot, Renault, and Volvo applications, it was also found in the DeLorean, Venturi, Dodge Monaco/Eagle Premier, various Alpines, Talbot Tagora, and most significantly, the UMM Alter II. Wait, what? We’ll wait while you hit your favorite search engine.

1987 Peugeot 505 STX V6 interior

Okay, back now? Things continue in the interior, and it’s enough to make you think the seller might have made a typo in the mileage. From the pictures, it’s devoid of any stains, or much wear for that matter. If you absolutely have to have something on your to-do list, you might want to feed the leather something and *maybe* check into refreshing the padding. No mention is made of the air conditioning’s status, or of any other problems – surely there’s something on a car this age.

1987 Peugeot 505 STX V6 right rear

Even the sunroof works, or it’s stuck open. Notice the condition of the paint, and the straight lines of the body. Always wanted to go to the November Best of France and Italy show in Van Nuys, CA, but didn’t have the right ticket in? Based on the description, it’s quite likely you could buy the car, hop in and drive down to the show, and then go home, all in French comfort. With the car having been listed for several weeks already, the seller’s probably open to a fair offer – what’s keeping you back?


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3 Responses to “Mainstreaming – 1987 Peugeot 505 STX V6”

  1. Bluetoes591 Says:

    I Googled UMM Alter II last summer after one drove by as I walked down a rural road in the south of France. Not every day you see a Portuguese car, especially here in North America.

  2. L'Ornithorynque Says:

    505 V6 – love it !

  3. Mike Tee Says:

    145 HP in US trim, not 170.

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