The 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.