Peugeot 404

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Peugeot 404

1960 - 1975
In Line 4
1618 - 1948cc
65 - 88 bhp
4 spd. man
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Although very much a French car, the Peugeot 404 was actually designed by Italian Battista "Pinin" Farina. The build quality and strength of the Peugeot 404 was superior to many, if not most, of its rivals.

The suspension was capable of soaking up bumps on the roughest of roads, it was fitted with an economical and bullet-proof 1.6 liter engine mated to a sturdy 4 speed transmission (when most rivals had only a 3 speed).

For the time it was also well equipped, featuring plenty of stainless steel trim, a heater, enormous brakes and extremely comfortable seats.

Peugeot had already built a reputation for strength and reliability following the Redex trials of the 1950's.

Naturally the locally "built tough for Australian conditions" Holdens were the favorites - but it was the rugged little Peugeot 203, with its small capacity 1200cc 4 cylinder motor that was to tame the larger more powerful Aussie cars.

Astute Australians purchased the 404 and made the car a success in this country, a success it was to enjoy all over the globe. In fact, production of the 404 was to continue in Nigeria until 1987, such was its reputation for strength and durability.

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