I don’t know if a lot of you heard about this model but I will introduce you to this beautiful Peugeot.
I was born in a Peugeot family. My grandfather only owned Peugeots, my father almost. Indeed, he had to do some infidelities to the brand due to better competition. Obviously, there is no need to tell you that I caught the virus too soon after. I currently own a 1987 Peugeot 309 GTI. My father, on the other hand, drove all the way down to Switzerland (we live in Belgium) a bit more than one year ago to realise his childhood dream and bought the Coupé. The very same car that was also the dream car of my late grandfather.
The Peugeot 504 Coupé was introduced in 1969, one year after the standard 504 and was derived in 3 Series until 1983. My father owns a Series II from 1977. The body shell was built and assembled at the Pininfarina offices in Turin, Italy. The Series II was introduced in September 1974 and the noticeable changes were to be found at its extremities, with Peugeot changing the front and rear lights. New rims were introduced and the 4-cylinder engine was removed. Instead, the Peugeot 504 Coupé was only available with the 2.7-litre V6 engine equipped with two Solex carburetors, coming from the Peugeot-Renault-Volvo alliance, and developed 136hp and 206Nm of torque.
In order to compensate this increase in power and weight, the car was now equipped with ventilated disc brakes at the front. The wheelbase was shortened compared to the sedan and the design was completely different. The result is a beautiful and distinguished car and you can barely guess that it’s the Coupé version of the standard Peugeot 504, which was also designed by Pininfarina!
Let’s get back to my father’s car. From January till May of this year, the car underwent a complete restoration for its bodywork. It had some light rust and it had to be treated on time. Apart from that, the car is in top condition and is used like it was built for; it gets driven a lot all over Belgium.
Surely it is big, heavy and has an automatic gearbox that doesn’t tick particularly fast. It is old, but still, it brakes and handles very well. Peugeot is renowned for its chassis and once again, the French manufacturer did a great job. My father is amazed every time he takes it for a ride; and that’s a lot! He has put 12000km on the odometer since February 2016. Not more than 2 months ago, he went on a 2600km road trip with my mother to the south of France, in a trip that was organised by the former owner of the car, with whom my father kept good relations with.
This is what the classic car world is all about, the relations you build with fellow enthusiasts. Prior to the 504, he owned a Peugeot 205 Gentry in Beige Mayfair, the very rare and luxurious version of the famous 205 GTI. I could write a lot about this one, as we shared so many moments together on the road with him and my brother during its 9-year ownership. He sold the 205 but fortunately, the new owner is as much passionate as us and we receive news on a regular basis. I can’t wait to share these moments again with the Peugeot 504. It will be a bit different, as the car is relatively new to the family, but as long as the passion is there, it won’t be difficult to have great stories again. The car will stay as long as possible in the family.