Saturday, March 21, 2015

1k: Rough but Tough: 1986 Peugeot 505 Turbo

The Peugeot 505 may not be a regular visitor on the streets of the US of A, but it was sold in staggering quantities around the world.  You can find them used as taxi cabs in Morocco and carnival parade cars in Buenos Aires, and owners will swear by their basic ruggedness.  Between 1979 and 1995, over one million 505s were built in factories in France, Argentina, China, Indonesia and Taiwan, but only a few made it to the US, and fewer remain on the road today.  Find this 1986 Peugeot 505 Turbo for $1,500 in Danbury, CT via craigslist.  Tip from Cory.

The 505 sedan isn't exactly a head turner, but it looks somewhat BMW-esque in overall proportions with distinctive Peugeot headlamps/grill.  At first glance it might look like any number of boring front drive sedans from around the globe, but the 505 was the last rear-wheel-drive sedan from Peugeot. This one wears a set of factory alloy wheels, but is pretty grungy otherwise.

Powering the 505 Turbo is a 2.2 liter inline-4 cylinder engine good for 180 horsepower (or maybe 160hp?).  The 505 isn't the fastest car around, but the rear drive setup with 5-speed gearbox and standard torsen limited slip differential makes it a great alternative to something from those guys in Bavaria. Maintaining this car and keeping it on the road is going to require more than a few trips to your local parts supply store...mostly because you'll need to order stuff from the internet.

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  1. Mom had a maroon turbo wagon for a short time and I have fond memories. Mid range power was wicked fast. Huge back seat and way-back. It was scary in the snow which is why it did not last. If I saw a mint one I would do everything I could to bring it home.

  2. Dad had a 505 diesel sedan as a company car which he really liked and was the reason for the wagon. Dad's car was good but, to this day, I remember the wagon being completely awesome. so much room, well put together and fast.

  3. That center dash looks like it was designed by Tetris. This goes here, oh shi*t here comes a rectangle, put that there.

  4. These things were big-time SCCA showroom-stock winners for a couple years, though the turbo engines also as I recall have something of a reputation for head failure.


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