5k: Parked 30 Yrs: 1960 Peugeot 403

The Peugeot 403 was a medium sized family sedan built in France and sold around the world from 1955 to 1966.  The 403 was styled by legendary Italian design house Carrozzeria Pininfarina and used simple 3-box styling and Ponton fenders in a shape that optimizes the word “car.”  Ask a 6 year old to draw you a car and if he or she doesn’t create a relastic representation of a Lamborghini Countach, they will unwittingly draw the 403.  Find this 1960 Peugeot 403 offered for $6,500 via craigslist in Petaluma, CA.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

This 403 has be resting in a underground parking spot for the better part of 30 years which isn’t all roses and sunshine as some people might have you think.  The fact that it hasn’t been dinged in parking lots, driven through snow or slept in by dirty mud-soaked hippies is good…but the dried interior, cracked seals, and petrified brake calipers is bad.

The 1.5 liter inline-4 cylinder puts out 54 horsepower and 74 ft-lbs of torque, not exactly a recipe for an autobahn cruiser or stoplight dragster.  At least the 2400 lb car should be fun with the skinny stock tires in the snow or on a rainy day.

It looks like a ’60s French grandmother’s living room inside the car. All that’s
missing is the wispy thin white 2-piece phone and a gold poodle statue
on the coffee table.

See a better restoration ready hulk?  tips@dailyturismo.com

Update 3/11/2014: Here is a pic of a daily driven Peugeot 404  Trabant that Kaibeezy took in Paris last winter. Read the comments if you want to understand why it is here.

C’est très froid!