Produced from 1948 to 1960, the Peugeot 203 was not offered for sale in the UK until 1954. Its relatively high price outside of France 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.
Beautifully preserved and never restored, this Peugeot 203-C has been correctly described as having a wonderfully authentic look as well as being a pleasure to drive! Fitted with the very period-correct roof rack including Skis, what a fun car to own!
Over recent years the Peugeot has been fastidiously maintained and equipped with five new continental tires (including the spare wheel), mechanically; both the engine and gearbox are said to perform very well.
Its charming Patina both on the interior and exterior, means that it would be a shame to completely restore this car.