Dear scorned Peugeot 505..

Aside from being somewhat uncommon, we thought you were fairly unremarkable growing up. We had always had a bent toward German (to be frank, still do); at the time, our yet to be formed worldviews didn’t quite know what to do with French, or where its place was in the automotive world. And of course, it didn’t help that you’d always be dressed in colors we once deemed frumpy, like brown (which, irony of ironies, is one of our favorite colors now, along with green, another erstwhile oddball).

Revisiting now, now that we’re older, and you, too, are older? Oh my— we feel like we hardly knew ye.

(You might also remember this entertaining post.)

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~ by motoringconbrio on March 29, 2011.

7 Responses to “Dear scorned Peugeot 505..”

  1. My parents owned one when I was growing up and I got hooked on them. My first one was an ’86 Turbo with 46k miles (in 2004!) and boy was it a peach! Its performance is more than adequate and punches above its weight…unfortunately had an accident and it was totaled. The shop around the corner has one in for service and I’m constantly breaking my neck every time I pass by…I believe its looks have aged considerably well.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bubudiu/7763903/

  2. There is an old dealer i have seen somewhere in NJ that still has a bunch in the lot for service. I think it’s off route 17 ?

  3. I love these things.
    Back in the early 90s I had a 505GTI and it was a great touring car. Comfortable and relaxing to drive, it certainly beats the pants off any current Peugeot. We never got the turbo petrol engines, having to make do with a 2.2/130bhp petrol 4 cyl and 2.8L v6.

  4. I’ve spent the better part of my childhood on the backseat of one of these… and it was also brown, and turbo – diesel though ;)

  5. I bought one in 1987 purely by accident. It was an 83 505 5 Speed.I think I’ve had 8 or 9 until 2007. The only reason I gave them up was parts availability.till this day I don’t understand why France pulled those cars out of the U.S ?…I’d still be driving them. I sure do miss that car. Had a 504 too.

  6. I am a lucky second owner of a 1988 505 in the red you see in the photo. Still original paint. A few chips but no rust. Had it for 11 years. Love to drive it. If it wasn’t for the parts availability it would be my everyday driver. People see it and thinks it is a very expensive new car!

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