Yesterday I visited the 2018 edition of La Fête des Limousines, a show focusing on the top models of French automakers. There was this Peugeot that didn’t quite fit in the line-ups of its compatriots. It just had to stand out from the crowd.
From 1975 to 1985, the 604 was Peugeot’s top model. It was powered by a V6 gasoline engine or -from 1979 onwards- a 4-cylinder turbodiesel. With an overall length of 472 cm (186”) it was a typical European executive sedan, nowadays often referred to as an E-segment or German car.
It was renowned coachbuilder Heuliez that built a Peugeot executive sedan for the final boss. Not too many final bosses insisted on having a Peugeot though, as only 124 of these extra long 604 editions were made from 1978 to 1984. According to the side window info sheet, just 28 of them do still exist. A rare bird -or lion- it is.
The factory 280 cm (110.2″) wheelbase was extended by 62 cm (24.4″). This limousine is powered by a fuel injected 2.7 liter V6, good for 144 DIN-hp. The transmission is a ZF 3-speed automatic.
The info sheet further mentioned that the car was ordered by the Peugeot company, to be used as a demo for their Special Sales division. It can also be seen in the 1983 movie Le Battant, featuring Alain Delon (the French Steve McQueen).
This was just the first voiture extraordinaire on stage, more in the foreseeable future. And what a collection of extraordinary automobiles it was!