Peugeot 404

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Peugeot 404

1960 - 1975
Country:
France
Engine:
In Line 4
Capacity:
1618 - 1948cc
Power:
65 - 88 bhp
Transmission:
4 spd. man
Top Speed:
n/a
Number Built:
n/a
Collectability:
2 star
Peugeot 404
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Our Rating: 2

Introduction



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 litre 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 favourites - 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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Bullet proof engine yes IF a stipulation in the instruction book had been heeded to .; the use of antifreeze coolant was recommended .This was not explained as ANTI- CORROSION ditto for the then uncommon alloy head , so rotting of same gained the notoriety of overheating and head gasket failure, especially as a steel welsh plug behind the water pump set into the dis-similar alloy head was easily eroded to short circuit the water passage around the rear of the pump instead of through the motor !
Also the owner was not advised to use a non sulphur differential oil ; the bronze worm was subject to severe erosion if farmer Jones topped it up with EP 90 from the Holden or the Massey Ferg . Good bye diff >>>>. Only brief mention of Shell Donax 90 gave any hint .
 
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