Formerly producers of tools, coffee mills, umbrella spikes and corsetry, Peugeot commenced its long-standing connection with transport in 1885 when it added cycle manufacture to its portfolio. The second oldest motor manufacturer in the world, the company commenced car production in 1889 with a steam-powered tri-car but soon abandoned steam in favour of the internal combustion engine, building a succession of ever larger automobiles before introducing the first of its famous Bébé light cars in 1900. There were two separate firms run by competing members of the Peugeot family up to 1910, when Lion Peugeot merged with the main concern. Between the wars Peugeot concentrated on making solid, well engineered cars, which was just what those difficult times required, and continued in that vein after WW2.
Produced from 1948 to 1960, the Peugeot 203 was not offered for sale in the UK until 1954. Its relatively high price in this country restricted sales, but the car was a familiar sight to British tourists in France where fleets of 203s saw service with the French police. The 203 was powered by a 1,290cc four-cylinder engine of advanced design – incorporating over-square dimensions, overhead valves, hemispherical combustion chambers and wet cylinder liners – that produced 42bhp and drove via a four-speed gearbox with column change. Solidly constructed and possessing exemplary reliability, the tough 203 proved durable enough to win the 1953 Redex 6,500-Mile Trial in Australia and take class wins in the Safari Rally in 1954 and 59.
We are pleased to be offering this lovely example very well restored which comes to the sale with its Italian registration papers. This Peugeot 203 is in the Break version and was used from the Hotel Sporting of Rimini as taxi. The car was totally restored in the 2014 for the cost of € 24,000.
This is a very nice car, ready to be driven with fun!
Nous sommes heureux de pouvoir offrir cette belle exemple, très bien restaurée la voiture est livrée avec ses papiers d’enregistrement italiens. Cette Peugeot 203 est dans la version Break et a été utilisé par l’Hôtel Sporting de Rimini comme un taxi. La voiture a été entièrement restaurée en 2014 a un coût de 24.000€.