Windshield Outtake: Peugeot 505 Diesel

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about the demise of the sedan. Here’s a sedan that faded away decades ago in the US, though not because of it’s shape. In fact, I think the Peugeot 505 is a classic of good proportion and detailing, especially coming as it did after the 504. The 504 wasn’t a bad looking sedan, but it’s pre-Bangle squashed trunk lid just ruined the whole car for me.

I captured this 505 Diesel clattering away (but not visibly smoking, even after the light turned green) next to me at a traffic light this week, probably the first one I’ve noticed in many years. When we first moved here, there actually was a local cab driver with a 505 but I haven’t seen it for a long time (we did have a Mercedes W123 taxi in town until quite recently).

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The Peugeot 505 was introduced in the US in 1980 and lasted here for ten years. It was offered in gasoline and diesel versions, the former either a four cylinder or the PRV V6, and in sedan and wagon styles. An optional 2.2 liter four cylinder turbo gasoline engine was offered for the second half of the 505’s lifetime and was very successful in Showroom Stock racing in the US. The diesel  I saw wasn’t as speedy, but it followed me onto the freeway and easily stayed with our sluggish afternoon traffic. A nice car, and a positively sleek profile compared to the Honda Pilot and Kia Soul that surrounded it in my photo.