Car Show Classics: 2018 La Fête des Limousines – Part Two

The second round of the festival’s tour brings us more French sedans, wagons and hatchbacks that combine a high level of comfort with great handling. Let the good times roll once again, featuring all the usual suspects and multiple surprise guest stars.

1983 Peugeot 604 TI Automatic, powered by a fuel injected (Bosch K-Jetronic) PRV V6.

1966 Peugeot 404 convertible.

1979 Simca-Chrysler 1308 S Jubilee. Under its hood a 86 hp, 1.4 liter Poissy engine. This series of FWD family hatchbacks was introduced in 1975. The pioneer of that specific segment was of course the 1965 Renault 16.

1937 Peugeot 402, the regular 315 cm wheelbase model (short wheelbase 288 cm, long wheelbase 330 cm). The 402 was launched in 1935.

“Nothing to see here folks, move along”. Quite true, actually, as these legendary Citroëns are very common -and beloved- classic cars in the Netherlands.

1998 Peugeot 605.

1981 Citroën CX Prestige 2400 Injection. Prestige, thus a 25 cm longer wheelbase.

1992 Citroën XM Ambiance 3.0 V6 with a 4-speed automatic transmission.

1978 Peugeot 504 TI with a fuel injected 2.0 liter engine.

1985 Talbot Horizon 1.3 LS. Nothing less than a miracle to come across this compact hatchback model in such a decent condition.

1992 Peugeot 605 SRi 2.0. Peugeot’s 1989-1999 executive sedan resembles the Peugeot 405 and the Alfa Romeo 164. All of them are Pininfarina designs.

Familiale, that’s PSA-language for a 3-row break. Here’s an example of a Citroën Familiale, a 1982 CX with a 2.5 liter diesel engine. The CX break, with or without the 3th row, has a 25 cm longer wheelbase than the standard CX berline. A Prestige Break, so to speak.

1998 Citroën XM 3.0 V6.

1977 Peugeot 104 GL. The 104 city car was introduced in 1972. This well preserved little hatchback has a 954 cc engine.

The most special car at the event just has to be this 1938 Matford V8 F82A. If you want to read more about these Gallic V8 Fords, I can highly recommend this excellent article by Tatra87.

1983 Peugeot 505 GL break.

1984 Citroën GSA X1. The GS/GSA was introduced in 1970, initially only as a berline (a fastback sedan, given its shape), the break followed a year later. It was not until 1979 that the hatchback was launched and the GS was renamed GSA. From 1970 to 1986, almost 2.5 million GS/GSAs were built. The GS Birotor is the flock’s rare bird .

2006 Peugeot 607 2.7 V6 HDi (204 DIN-hp turbodiesel).

1972 Citroën DSpécial with a folding roof.

1979 Peugeot 504 Coupé V6.

1972 Citroën GS Break.

1985 Renault 25 GTX. In the seventies and eighties, mainstream automakers -like Renault- could still sell a good number of executive/E-segment cars in Europe. In the nineties, that started to change rapidly and drastically. From 1984 to 1992, Renault built almost 781,000 units of the 25. Only 310,000 Renault Safranes, the successor to the 25, were sold from 1992 to 2002.

1978 Peugeot 604, its 2.7 liter PRV V6 is running on LPG. This Peugeot is 40 years old now, which means it’s an “official” classic car and consequently road tax free, regardless the type of fuel or the car’s weight.

The Citroën C6 on the left is from 2006, the one on the right is a year younger. Both of them are powered by the 2.7 V6 HDi engine. The C6 is unmistakably a highly comfortable Citroën limousine. There’s no way it can be confused with anything else on the road.

1984 Citroën CX 20 Familiale.

1975 Peugeot 504 Break. Ideal for car boot sales.

1974 Citroën ID20 F Ambulance. For a magic carpet hospital ride.

Count me in for next year’s edition of this well organized party!

Part One