Italian Connection: 1971 Peugeot 304 Convertible

In 1969 Peugeot launched a small family car with a layout that was unconventional for the time.  However, the transverse front-engine, front-drive setup, with independent suspension and disc brakes became the defacto standard car sometime in the 1980s…and now it seems kinda futuristic and cool in hindsight.  It certainly doesn’t hurt that the body was designed by Pinifarina. Find this 1971 Peugeot 304 Convertible here on eBay bidding for $4,561 with 3 days to go, located in Kearny, NJ.

In a mechanical sense the 304 was little more than a 204 with some added trunk length, but it was styled too look more like the larger 504.  The 304 sold decently well in 11 years of production, with a little over a million shipped in 4-door sedan, 2-door coupe, 4-door estate, 2-door convertible, and 2-door van (fourgonnette) configurations. 

Powering the 304 is a 1.3 liter single overhead cam inline-4 that put out 65 horsepower and 69.5 ft-lbs of torque (that extra 1/2 a foot pound of torque is really important…).  The engine sits on top of the 4-speed manual transmission, with which it shares a common oil supply.

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