Tuesday, June 26, 2007

My Second Fave Car!

After the 1964 Dodge 300 4-door sedan, which is my fave car; my other fave car is the Peugeot 505 (all years, all models). I first saw one in 1983. A white Peugeot 505 with red interior, it was love at first sight, and remained a car I dreamed of having.

Of course as many of you know, I have a passion for black cars with red interior, regarless of the type of car. And than there is my obsession with metal-flaked cars.

Here in the USA, the Peugeot 505 came in 3 models:

the 4 door sedan

the station wagon

the 8 passange, third seat station wagon

All three in a 4 cyl or a 6 cyl gas or desil option.

In France, they also came in a pick-up truck model, a hearse model, and there was an aditional option of a V-8 engine. These came in left-hand or right-hand drive depending on the contry that they were shipped to. In the USA, we only saw the left-hand drive versions.

Well, this goal is two fold:

My short term goal is just to get a Peugeot 505, any year, any model, just so I can saw I’ve got one. Ideally, it would be a black one with red or black interior from 1983 – 1985. Which I would than pimp out to be a Raspberry Black metal flake with red shag interior.

My long term goal is to eventually have one of each of every possible model ever made. I’m esp. on the look out for the 2 rarest models they ever made: The hearse and the pick-up camper. Both were custom orders built by request, and not made as regular production. Only a handful of these super-rare models were ever made.

Saddly ALL Peugeot 505 are quite hard to find in the USA, as are ALL Peugeots, period. The 505 was the last model shipped to the USA. Though they were very popular in the 1980’s, in 1989 new US laws, pretty much banned them from road use in almost all of the 50 states, instantly causeing this lovly little car to dissapear from USA roads almost overnight, while shutting down every single dealer. Today, there are no car dealers in the USA that well sell you a Peugeot, and you must order them “special built to meet US laws” directly from the factory in France or New Zealand.

And so, there you have it. My goal of owning my dream car… as many of them as I can get my hands on.

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