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Peugeot 304 – History

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The Peugeot 304 was launched at the 1966 Paris Motor Show. It was introduced as a mid-sized family car and was based on the smaller 204’s midsection. The body was styled by Pininfarina and offered in a variety of styles including a 4-door saloon, 4-door estate, 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible and even a van. The car boasted independent suspension, front wheel drive and disc brakes, which at the time were usually only found on more expensive cars. The 1288cc petrol engine offered 65 bhp, while the S version of the engine offered in 1972 increased the power to 75 bhp. The model ran with very few modifications until 1980 and was succeeded by the 305.

The chic little cabriolet was produced between 1970 and 1975 and boasted only 2 seats. Although there was a production run of only 18,647 units compared to over a million of the other body styles, it is the only model to survive in any numbers. However as of 2013 only 18 are listed as on the road in the UK, by howmanyleft.co.uk.