Peugeot 504 Cabriolet
Some car models do not know to give up. Think of the Landrover Defender, Volkswagen Beetle, Mercedes G-class and the Toyota Land Cruiser. Cars that cannot be removed from the streets, a dream of every car manufacturer. At a certain point the development costs are out and you only have to cough up the production costs. To achieve this, it must be a very good car. Not every car can be kept in production for 15 years. The Peugeot 504 was a hit at the Paris Salon in 1968. An extremely well designed and developed car with a solid basis; front-length engine and rear-wheel drive. In addition to the sportier driving experience, also more balance. A successful successor to the 404, which has been in production since 1960. A year after the introduction, the 504 was awarded the (then very prestigious) Car of the Year title.
To extend the shelf life of a model, there must be many successful variants. Also something the Peugeot 504 has succeeded in. Eventually the 504 was offered as Coupe, Cabriolet, Break, Pickup, Dangel (4×4) and as Ambulance (the Loisirs).
We take a closer look at the Cabriolet in this section. We have a beautiful 504 Cabrio, performed in the Arrosa Blanc. The coach was designed by Pininfarina, and it shows! The convertible is an example of understated elegance, something that seems to be a bit lost in 2019. In addition to its Italian design, the 504 convertible also has a bit of Italian blood; it came from the same factory tire as the Alfa Romeo Spider “Duetto”. Another special fact: the specimens that were sold in New Zealand were screwed together by rival Renault there!
Technically speaking, the Cabrio is largely the same as the Berline, but the wheelbase (15 cm shorter) differs considerably. He shares the 2.0 liter engine with injection with the 504 Ti. From 1970 to 1974 the 4-pitter was canceled and replaced by the PRV V6 block, a block developed by Renault, Volvo and Peugeot itself. After long insistence on the enthusiasts, the four-cylinder models were delivered to the Cabrios again in 1974. After 1978, the PRV V6 was even canceled and could only be found in the Coupe.
In the end, just over 3 million 504s were delivered in Europe. Why are they hardly in the streets anymore? Export. Because the car is also very popular in African countries because of its simple technology and reliability. It is almost the French version of the Mercedes W123. A bottle of Dreft on wheels; it lasts longer, much longer!
This 504 is from 1982 and is in top condition. The car is entirely in original colors. The car is originally from Switzerland, has crossed the border with the Netherlands and has found its current home in a Peugeot collection.