Rare Rides: A 1986 Peugeot 505 Wagon - French and Turbocharged

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
rare rides a 1986 peugeot 505 wagon french and turbocharged

Rare Rides has featured a couple of Peugeot cars in previous entries. From the Nineties was the sporty front-drive 405 Mi16, which had the honor of being the last Peugeot model sold in the United States.

We also featured a Seventies Peugeot: The graceful 504, which was predecessor to today’s 505.

As the Seventies drew to a close, the 504 was showing its age. In production since 1968, 504 carried out its duties as Peugeot’s large family car offering. Only one car stood above it in the lineup: The executive class 604, which was based on the 504.

Though the 504 would continue in production in France through 1983, the successor 505 debuted in May of 1979. Based on the 504, the 505 was intended to be a more modern vehicle that carried off the same sturdy, reliable character as its parent. The 505’s styling was much more boxy than its predecessor, the result of a collaboration between the Italian firm Pininfarina and Peugeot’s own designers. They drew inspiration from the new 305 sedan’s styling, which was also penned by Pininfarina.

Peugeot hired another famous name for the interior: Paul Bracq. The French-born designer had substantial experience in automotive interiors, styling classics like the Mercedes 600, 230SL, the W108, and the W114 coupe. He also designed the TGV train before eventually becoming design director at BMW, where he worked on the all-new 7 Series.

Initially the only body style available was a four-door sedan, as work continued to prepare the wagon version for its 1982 debut. Not simply hatch and cargo area rework, the 505 wagon had a longer 114-inch wheelbase, which was six inches more than the sedan. The standard wagon was called Break in its home market, while the real family-hauling eight-seat version was known as Familiale. Perhaps unexpectedly, all three rows of the Familiale faced forward. As U.S. customers were not too familiale-er with French nomenclature, the name was adapted to SW8, for Station Wagon, 8 seats.

Other adaptations for North American consumers included a relocated fuel tank (which was filled from the right instead of the left), revised quad lamps at the front, and market-specific tail lamps prior to 1986. The headlights were eventually swapped out with composite versions when U.S. regulation caught up to the times. Engines offered in North America were a 2.0-liter inline-four, a 2.3-liter diesel (with optional turbo after 1981), and for 1985 onward, a gasoline-powered 505 Turbo model, which featured a 142-horsepower 2.2-liter four developed by Chrysler-Simca.

Peugeot refined the Turbo model over the years, and eventually it reached a peak power output of 180 horses. North America was the only market to receive such a turbo wagon. Globally, the 505 used three- and four-speed automatics, along with four- and five-speed manuals.

Finding the North American market unsustainable, Peugeot left in the middle of 1991 and went back home. The 504 persisted in European production through 1992, in Argentina through 1995, and in China it continued unabated until 1997. The last-ever rear-drive Peugeot, the 505’s official replacement was the front-drive 405 that started production in 1987.

Today’s Rare Ride is loaded up with leather (that desperately needs a detail) and an automatic transmission. In great condition and with 131,000 miles, the 505 asks $6,300.

[Images: seller]

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  • Jeff S Jeff S on Jul 24, 2020

    I really like the blue interior. I miss the choice of interior colors. It is getting to the point where even tan and gray interiors are getting scarce with the only choice being black.

  • Frankev Frankev on Jul 24, 2020

    My wife's aunt who lived in Atlanta had a Peugeot 505 sedan as a daily driver in the early 2000s. When she dropped our family off at Hartsfield for our flight home, I recall asking her to ring me first if she ever considered selling it, but alas the last I heard something mechanical went bad (details unknown) and she sold it to the garage that had regularly serviced it. That said, my exposure to that car got me interested in Peugeots in general, and I soon subscribed to a Peugeot mailing list that featured one fantastic fellow, known as Peugeot Pete (RIP), who was quite the expert with a heart of gold, regularly dispensing wisdom about all things automotive and Peugeots in particular. He even had parts details on microfiche and would look anything up to help someone in need. Pete was the glue that held that community together and demonstrated the benefits of online communities for people with niche interests, especially in the days before social media. My last Peugeot story: my wife and I rented a 208 on our UK trip last year (manual transmission, of course): it was the perfect car for that environment--we stayed in Hayes (West London) and drove the hell out of it: did a trip within a trip to Edinburgh (stayed overnight), then hit a beach in Wales on the way back the following day. Did day trips on the side to Brighton and Oxford. Practical hatchback with great handling and a decent feature level; it was narrow enough to handle some physically tight driving situations, both in urban areas (though we didn't drive in central London) as well as a stereotypical one-lane hedgerow driving path (it'd be generous to call it a road), just south of Stonehenge. If that 208 were sold in US I'd not hesitate to buy it. I was sad when we had to turn it in at the end of the trip, and by then we were reasonably comfortable with driving on the other side of the road whilst sitting on the other side of the car and shifting with the other hand.

  • 28-Cars-Later $55,218 for a new GR Corolla: https://www.reddit.com/r/COROLLA/comments/zcw10i/toyota_needs_to_know_the_demand_is_there_but_this/"But if OTD prices get beyond 50k there are better options"That's what people were arguing in that thread.
  • Lou_BC "The Oldsmobile Diesel engine is a series of  V6 and  V8  diesel engines produced by  General Motors from 1978 to 1985. The 350 cu in (5.7 L) V8 was introduced in 1978, followed by a 261 cu in (4.3 L) V8 only for the 1979 model year. In 1982, a 263 cu in (4.3 L) V6 became available for both front and  rear-wheel drive vehicles. Sales peaked in 1981 at approximately 310,000 units, which represented 60% of the total U.S. passenger vehicle diesel market. However, this success was short-lived as the V8 diesel engine suffered severe reliability issues, and the engines were discontinued after the 1985 model year."I'd say one would be best off finding a gasser to plunk in there or take a loss and re-sell it.
  • ToolGuy GM Buying Guide:• Body on frame• V8 engine• Gasoline engine• Longitudinally-mounted engine• Normally-aspirated engine• Rear wheel drive (or 4WD)That's 6 items. Aim for 4 out of 6 or higher. (My two GM vehicles score a 6 and a 3.) This vehicle is a 1.
  • 28-Cars-Later Based on what people were posting, its going to debut with enough ADM to buy a CPO Porsche so why bother (Unless HMC can bring the hammer down somehow)?
  • MaintenanceCosts A Civic Type R with a better interior and less Fast and Furious styling? That's a pretty appealing product.