February 25, 2010

Peugeot 204.

As two people correctly guessed the mystery car was a Peugeot 204 sedan:

They were built from 1965 to 1976 in sedan, convertible, coupe and station wagon form. While maybe a bit bland on the outside they were interesting cars inside: all variants had a transversally mounted four cylinder engine (gas or diesel) varying in size and were front wheel drive. Peugeot achieved that by placing the manual transmission under the engine block and the two share the same oil.

Below are some photos from a junkyard in the Vaucluse department of France. Due to the rain I wasn't able to take as many as I wanted but I did manage to find an exhaust I need so I'll go back on a sunny day to fetch the exhaust and take some more pictures.

A Panhard PL 17b:

The Panhard PL17 was produced from 1959 to 1965. Under the huge hood lies an air-cooled flat-two displacing either 848cc or 851cc depending on the model. An engine this small may seem inadequate for a car that is rather big but it's not as slow as one may think due to the aerodynamic shape of it. An interesting feature of that engine is the exhausts, which on either side also serve as motor mounts. If you like Panhards stay tuned, they will be the subject of an article in the near future.

The junkyard (which is actually half a junkyard, half a guy's collection) also had other cars that we've already covered in these pages, including a Fiat 500:

Fiat 850 Coupe:

Various Renault 4s:

Last but not least, a rusted-out Alfa Giulia 1300TI spotted in a garage on the way home. The owners want 500€ out of it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

SAAB never made a car where the gearbox and engine share the same oil. The original 900 does spec the same grade of oil for both, but they do not share it. The engine is on top of the gearbox, but the gearbox has a "roof." The original Morris Mini did, however, share engine and gearbox oil. NOT the 900.