Posts Tagged ‘404’

French Frenzy #2 – 1969 Peugeot 404 Familiale

May 13, 2009

Update: This car ended at $1675 with 17 bids on May 15, 2009, although the winner is pretty new to eBay with only 2 feedbacks.

Original Post: These cars have always been fascinating to me, both because of their style (design by Pininfarina) and because they have such a reputation for durability, to the extent they’re still in use in many African countries. Even at the time this car was built, they were advertised as “The World’s Toughest Car”. Peugeot 404s were built through the late 1980s, so parts should not be so hard to get.

1969 Peugeot 404 Familiale front

Painted in French-government-issue blue (bleu fonctionnaire if I recall correctly), this 404 is one of those cars in which you’d have to have the stereotypical pack of Gitanes on the dash, even if you don’t smoke. At 114,000 miles it’s showing a bit of wear here and there, but the overall presentation is still good for an affordable classic. The driver’s floor pan has been replaced, and the passenger side looks like it may need a bit of patching in the future.