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It would appear that as the modern estate car slowly fell out of favour with the general public as they shifted towards SUV’s, MPV’s, Crossovers and other equally ridiculous creations, the classic estate car has in response slowly gained street cred and, dare I say, an almost trendy image among classic car enthusiasts. If you haven’t already got one, 2019 is the year you want to add a classic estate to your garage…

Personally, I’ve always been quite fond of estate cars and we’ve owned several as our family run-around. In fact, there’s still a 16 year old – so by ViaRETRO standards, much too modern – SAAB 9-5 estate on our drive. But I have yet to own a truly classic estate, and there are quite a few which I fancy. A Triumph 2.5PI Estate Mk1 has always been a big favourite of mine, and the Americans of course had a myriad of really neat and stylish Yank-tank estates up through the sixties. But at least within Europe, the absolute King of classic estates simply has to be Peugeot. It all kicked off with their charming 203 Break and Familiale which they introduced in 1950, from which one successful estate after the other left the factory gates in Sochaux in the very east of France. Practically every one of them that followed right from the 403 of the fifties to the small 204 of the sixties and up to the big 505 of the eighties, epitomises the textbook, rugged, practical, yet still elegantly styled European estate car. They were well designed, well engineered and tough as nails. Frankly, no other car manufacturer has a back catalogue of estates which can match that of Peugeot.

So if you want to join the trendy crowd at your next classic car meet by cruising in behind the wheel of an estate, may I suggest you look a little closer at the French connection.

I would quite happily make any of those Peugeot Break’s – or Familiare’s as they were called when their bigger estates received a third row of seats – my first classic estate. But I’ve always had a real soft spot for the little 204 introduced in 1965 and the facelifted and improved 304 of 1969. So much so, that when all of ViaRETRO back in July of last year dived headlong into a frenzy of all things Francophile, it was the 204 and 304 which I pulled out of that vast pot of fabulous French automobiles. On that occasion however, I choose to focus on The Chic Compact Coupé Which the World Forgot. Yet, while the Break perhaps isn’t quite as stylish as the Coupé, their unadorned and simplistic design is really every bit as charming and oh-so typically French.

Of course, if you’re going to buy a classic Peugeot, where better to do so than in France? That’s about as authentic as the experience is ever going to get, and as an added bonus – well, depending I suppose on where you live – you could treat yourself to your first roadtrip of 2019 as you drive your ‘new’ Break home. If all of that sounds appealing, you might want a closer look at this lovely blue metallic Peugeot 304SL Break from 1975. The seller states that the Peugeot is in good and clean condition and drives really well with no known issues. The cognac interior is beautiful even if there is one small tear on the driver’s seatback bolster. The engine bay looks remarkably dry and clean, while the period roofrack is the perfect accessory for the little Peugeot. While the seller’s description is somewhat thin, it really does look excellent on the pictures.

The little Frenchman is up for grabs at Euro 4,900 which currently equates to £ 4,400. Seems to me like a whole lot of trendy estate practicality, stirred with some French flair, at a rather modest outlay. Naturally, as with any classic car, please ensure you have it thoroughly inspected before handing over any cash, and then enjoy the summer with plenty of space for family and friends to join you in your classic estate…
You will find the full advert here: 1975 Peugeot 304SL Break

 

 

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11 Responses

  1. GTeglman

    @anders-bilidt, I like it ! Color combo is nice and, and the (ship) deck flooring when you turn the trunk into a huge compartment for parts is amazing.

    If it really is tough as nails, could it be a year round classic as well ?

    \Anders

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  2. jakob356

    Nice find!

    With a lot of grease in the cavities and some solid bitumen product underneith, and a dry garage to store it in, when not in use, I think could work for many years in northern Europe too.

    I have my own metallic mid seventies column shift Peugeot (504L) with brown interior. They are really quite simple and easy to work on, almost like a Volvo, only built in thinner steel.

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  3. Wentzel

    Peugeot Breaks are wonderfull cars with lot of space. I’ve had a 505 GTDT Familiale and a 504 Break with african specs – a little higher in the springs an another airfilter.
    The estates with the very nice wooden floor are the so called SL models which were a luxury model in the modelline.

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  4. thmace

    Really fabulous. I have never been much of a Peugeot man – but this makes me reconsider. When looking at the advert another recommendation was just below – I clicked on that. The featured car itself was a let down – but behind it was a car that I simply cannot recognize…what is it? I hate when that happens….can anyone help?

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  5. Anders Bilidt

    @gteglman, I’m convinced this 304SL Break would make an excellent daily classic. The Peugeot’s of this era are probably as indestructible as any car has ever been – right up there with the Volvo’s and Mercedes-Benz of the same era.
    Just make sure to rustproof it thoroughly as @jakob356 also suggests. They will rust, but mechanically, they’re strong.

    @wentzel, I too have very fond memories of a 505GTI 2.2 saloon which I owned some years back. Such a lovely car…

    @thmace, I believe the car in the background on that picture might be a late seventies Chevrolet Citation. Though I stand ready to be corrected…

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  6. Claus Ebberfeld

    Lovely find – especially as I am all for the classic Estate as such. Strange then that I have never owned one. Should it be this one? No, I don’t think so: I can’t find the time for the adventure of collecting it in France and besides that I do think I am more for the 504.

    But it certainly seems a great find anyway – for the right person.

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  7. thmace

    @anders-bilidt – hmmm. Unusual mirror position – check – but door handle placement seems much lower and trim on b pillar different + more rounded wheel arches. Also a sharp bend in body under the mirror but over the door handle where the Citation is more flat. But a very good guess that would never have entered my mind.

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  8. yrhmblhst

    The roofline/Cpillar of the car in the background looks VERY much like, if not exactly, a 78-78 Olds cutlass ‘hatchback’ or the corresponding buick version; dont think it is tho because as best I can tell on my monitor, the wheels [which are NOT GM ] have only 4 lugs; the GM cars had 5. But both the B and C pillar sure look like one…
    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=78+olds+442&t=brave&ia=images&iax=images&iai=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.conceptcarz.com%2Fimages%2FOldsmobile%2F78-Olds-Salon-442-DV-14-GM_01.jpg

    hold it…that B pillar sure looks buick…lemme check.
    Yep, looks a buick – even the wheels [which I didnt recognise]
    https://i2.wp.com/www.curbsideclassic.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/1979-buick-century-sport-coupe.jpg

    sorry, cant add much to the discussion about the Pug – we never got that model/series over here.

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