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Is the Peugeot 405 a future classic?

peugeot-405-6Peugeot introduced the 405 across Europe in July of 1987. Developed to replace both the 305 and the 505, the 405 instantly won accolades from the public and the press alike, going on to win the coveted European Car of the Year award in 1988.

At launch, the 405 was offered with a host of gasoline-burning four-cylinder engines lifted from the Citroën BX parts bin, and diesel-burning mills were added to the lineup in early 1988. The lineup grew again over the course of the late-1980s with new engines, the addition of a station wagon model and an available all-wheel drive system.

Like the 504 and the 505, the 405 was a true global car that was built in numerous countries around the globe including Argentina and Iran. Several variants of it were briefly sold in the United States but the sedan failed to woo buyers and Peugeot pulled out of the market entirely in 1991.

Peugeot gave the 405 a facelift in 1993 that added new lights, a sleeker radiator grille loosely inspired by the larger 605 and redesigned tail lamps. The sedan carried on until it was replaced by the 406 in 1995, but the station wagon stuck around until approximately a year later.

A look in the local classifieds reveals you can buy a running and driving Peugeot 405 for a couple of hundred euros, provided it’s not a performance-focused model like the Mi16. Will 405s go back up in value, or will prices remain low?

7 thoughts on “Is the Peugeot 405 a future classic?

  1. Out of the hundred plus cars I’ve owned or had as company cars, my 2.0 litre petrol 405 GTX estate remains my favourite all time car. I did 97K miles in mine as a works car and it was agile, had superb handling, was supremely comfortable for long distance driving and yet had stunning performance for an estate car and easily embarrassed much more expensive, dedicated sports cars. It was also cavernous and could easily accommodate long lengths of timber and sheets of plasterboard etc for my house renovation. When driven carefully and slowly (steady 56mph on the motorway) it would return close to 50mpg which was astonishing for a petrol and even when pushed hard it never really dropped below 30mpg – a truly superb car and one I really miss. 😦

    I didn’t actually want to hand it back but my company had a strict policy of replacing cars at 100K miles so I was forced to change. The only downside to this car, if you were a private owner, was the reliability. As a company car driver I didn’t really have to worry about that but from memory it did have several failures that you would not expect such as the front brake calipers sheering from their mounting bolts. On top of that there was the alloy wheel centre caps that fell off while driving, chrome trim strips that forever peeled off the doors, various interior trim that fell apart and the door lock buttons popped out when slamming the door. However most of these were trivial and did not detract from what is was surely the best family sized car that Peugeot ever made and probably the best estate car ever in the petrol GTX trim level that I had.

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  3. Yes, it’s one of the last Pininfarina designed Peugeots. It does not have rear steer in sudden turns like later Peugeots such as the 406, and is the last Peugeot sedan to weight just over one tonne. Also, the slim rear pillar is less of a blind spot than later Peugeot designs, so overtaking is safer.

  4. Of all the 405 models, it is only the 405 Mi16’s that are sort after by collector/enthusiasts. Especially the Phase 2 model, as it is was built in much lower numbers, therefore rarer, more performance orientated, and was not available to the North American continent. The latest GTi cars from Peugeot just don’t cut it as true sports cars, Renault has stolen this crown. So will declare that the Mi16 Phase 2 was Peugeot’s last great ‘drivers’ car, and definitely a modern Classic.

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