It all started in the late 70s when I became an apprentice at Codap Peugeot in Manchester. Every time we got a 304 convertible in, I was amazed at the car. It just had that â€˜I want one of those’ factor and I promised myself that one day I would have one.
My first Peugeot 304 convertible was a later model, from 1975, known as the 304s. This basically had a few more horse power, a different dashboard, an ‘S’ badge on the back, headrests and twin carbs, than its predecessor. I sold it locally and regretted it before it had even left the street.
If you haven’t already guessed, this is the one now owned by the Our Classic Cars team!
A short time later I began to look for another. My search led me to Leamington Spa where my current car had sat for many years in a warehouse, shoved in and out as and when they got busy. The hood, carpets and seats were trashed and it didn’t run, stop or anything.
Once it arrived home I then began the search for parts – then stripping, welding, painting and freeing off just about everything. Hours and hours were spent to get it to the standard it is today.
There is still plenty to do though – but there’s no rush as this one is not for sale. UK spec right hand drive models are now getting pretty rare – there are only 16 x 304 convertibles and 25 x 304s convertibles left on the road.
I attend various car shows throughout the year, where the little Peugeot 304 Cabriolet always draws a crowd.