1970s / 1980s / French / Peugeot

As clean as they come: Peugeot 505

peugeot-505-6The few running Peugeot 505s that we know of in the area are forlorn-looking examples with peeling clearcoat on the hood, a saggy rear suspension, intergalactic mileage and a tornado of either blue or black smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe. We thought that nice, non-V6-powered examples had disappeared long ago but a quick trip to the hardware store proved us wrong.

Much to our surprise, the turbodiesel 505 pictured below is about as clean as they come.  We spent a good ten minutes looking over the car and we did not see a single ding, dent, rust spot or scratch in the paint. The only imperfections are rusty lug nuts and pitted alloy wheels, issues that are not particularly complicated to remedy. Aside from those two points it looks as if it rolled off the assembly line last week.

We unfortunately did not run into the owner so we don’t know much about the car but judging from the miscellaneous stickers on the rear window, we can say with near certainty that it belongs to an enthusiast. We doubt it is entirely original and it was likely given a fresh coat of paint over the past couple of years.

8 thoughts on “As clean as they come: Peugeot 505

  1. Amazing cars. I’ve had four- a TD sedan, a TD wagon, a 2.0 gas wagon, and a TEA wagon. Why can we not have a car like this from new anymore?

      • It was a toss-up between the 2.0 gas wagon and the TD wagon. Giant load capacity,
        comfortable, excellent driving characteristics and a very classy presence. Built like the proverbial tank. The TD was more economical, but the gas had just a bit more grunt. I didn’t really care for the turbo wagon- but that’s probably because I had to spend a small fortune to get that one running. I loved the cozy nature of the sedan, but the wagons always won out.

        Short story attesting to the utter solidity of the 505: I was stopped at a light driving the gas wagon to work when I was rear ended by a Toyota pick up. Damage to the wagon? A busted seat backrest, a broken tail light, and a bent bumper. The Toyota? Every piece of sheetmetal past the firewall folded up, the truck utterly undrivable.

  2. For me, this is the quintessential “Peugeot look”. From the front the headlights look almost angry, as if the car wants to snuff in the road to get ahead. From the side a very classic four door saloon silhouette, reminiscent (for me) of the Alfa’s and the BMW’s of the time.Though the design of the rear is not quite to my liking – I can’t quite name what is the problem with the rear for me, I’d say it it is a bit “generic” – but doubtlessly this is a very beautiful car.

    Nice catch, nice photos of a nice car!

    • It’s certainly one of the best-looking Peugeots of the 1980s. It’s a shame designers didn’t apply 505 design cues to the 305, that could have been one hell of a good-looking mid-size sedan!

      Are there many 505s left in Germany?

      • Such older french cars are a rare breed here in Germany. I remember that I have seen some two or three years ago a Peugeot 504, with these strange “horns” on its front bumper (whatever these are for).

        Ten years ago you see Peugeot 205s or some Renault 9s or 11s – but these are almost gone now. Even old German “bread and butter” cars are rare here. A Golf 1 is an exotic sight, but Golf 2 can be seen from time to time. Nowadays the oldest French cars you can see are typically Renault Clios.

        Germans spent crazy amounts of money on new cars. Furthermore a few things killed a lot of potential oldtimers here:

        Firstly there is a license plate that ends with H for “historic” cars, which costs less money per year for insurance and tax, if I am not mistaken. The statue used to be 20 years, but they changed it to 30 years. So only few cars survive these critical years until they reach 30 years – they aren’t perceived as “worthy” oldtimers yet, but are to expensive to “keep around” as a daily driven car.

        In addition very few Germans are willing to spend money on repairs for an daily driven clunker. If something bigger goes kaput, that’s usually the end for the car and it gets sold of for little money. If the car did cost 1000 Euro, but it needs new brakes for say 500 Euro, they rather buy another clunker for 1000 Euro than invest 500 Euro in repairs. While some cars are a lost cost and will eat the hairs from your head, I never quite understood that mindset…

        And then a couple of years ago there was a “clunker for cash” program. The government paid you money if you brought your old car to a junkyard and bought a new one at a dealer. So horrifically many cars that were well worthy to be driven ended up being pressed to metal bricks, so the car industry could produce new cars. Oh well.

      • I wrote Clios, but I wanted to write Twingos, as these were very very popular here and are still around.

      • Oh, there are thre older French car that can be seen from time to time: The 2CV, the DS and the CX, of course. But they have gotten somewhat rare as well.

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