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Any French Car Fans out There?

Greetings, just wanted to see if there were any other Peugeot, Renault, Citroen, fans out there. I am restoring a 1982 Peugeot 505s Turbo Diesel!

I’m a Citroen and Panhard fan. No love for the Dauphine, but some Renaults pique my interest. I prefer Peugeots from the 1930s than post-war stuff, although they built some good cars. Your 505 is off my radar but someone’s gotta carry the torch.

True…There are some incredible prewar Fench cars. Certainly cannot leave out Bugatti!. I always loved the Type 35.

As far as the Peugeot 505 goes, the car was designed in a collaboration between Pininfarina and Peugeot. There are still a few on the road in the US but ultimately the US Spec 505s are going to be rare cars, if they aren’t already. I would be interested to know how many Peugeot 505s are insured by Hagerty?

Once upon a time, I sold Peugeots and later repaired them when they were NYC’s favorite taxi (504 & 505 diesel models - 1979-1983).
Also worked for largest Citroen dealer in the USA, New York Citroen.

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I am sure they served well as Taxis. Just change the oil and adjust the valves on the Diesel and it will run forever. My 505 has 432,000 miles on it and are cylinders are still in spec for compression.
There are African countries today that 504 and 505s are still used as Taxis or haul whatever.

Image from, The Club Peugeot Magazine, Peugeotist, December 2018

I have a Citroen 2CV built in 1990, the last year they were made. I purchased it from Axel Kaliske in Seattle, of www.2cvsrus.com fame. You can get Citroen parts from French Connection, which is also in Washington.

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I had a 1969 Peugeot 404, a 1971 504 and a 1983 505. Loved the tight rack & pinion steering, long suspension travel (comfort!), very comfortable seats, quiet engines and comfortable long distance cruising ability. The 1600cc gas engines had replaceable cylinder sleeves, you could replace the piston and cylinders as a set - no need to have the block bored oversized. Great cars and popular in many countries - but never really took off in the States.

I always liked the 2CV, perhaps because of its passing resemblance to the Beatles I so love.

Autocorrect…

Ok, well, I like the rock band, too.

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Hello. Greetings from Mexico City.

I’m a Renault collector (12 cars, most of them R-5s, R-12 and a R-4) among them is a small fleet of three LeCars including two rare four doors with ragtops. However automotive speaking I’m quite Francophile and have owned a fair share of newer Peugeots and Renaults, which are available here, including Peugeot 206XS, a Renault Clio Sport and a 406 V6.

I also have a weak spot for muscle cars (not resto mods, bur ORIGINAL ones) and obscure German cars like NSU, or mid 70s Passat and Audi.

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NSU Ro80 is pretty cool.

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I owned four Renaults,an R15,R17,R5,and my favorite an R16TS. Unfortunately,like most European cars ,they succumbed to serious rust issues in a couple of years due to the liberal use of road salt in our Canadian winters.I finally smartened up and bought North American. I’ve had my '78 GMC Caballero (El Camino) for over 40 years now.

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Awesome! I go to Mexico two or three times a year and always am on the lookout for French cars when I am there. Hope the rumours of Citroen and Peugeot returning to the USA are true! I will be at the dealer the first day they open!

Ro80 was so advanced, introduced in 1967. Still a good looking car today. First car (other then the much smaller NSU Prinz) to use a rotary engine - NSU got the early rotor tip wear issue sorted out in final 5 years of production, but by the then it was too late for NSU