Often many of the French automobiles we feature here on Barn Finds are unusual, or different, from many automobiles built through time. This 1954 Peugeot 203 is a simple, yet stately looking sedan, not all that different from some of America’s automobiles of the time. Having made its way to America in 1984, this Peugeot changed hands, and was parked in 2002. In running condition, with some minor needs, this uncommon French machine is offered at $10,000. Find it here on craigslist out of Spring Hill, Georgia.
Equipped with suicide doors, this Peugeot becomes more fascinating the more you look it over. The interior has seen better days, but isn’t a complete train wreck. The headliner is sagging, as are the map pockets in the doors panels. With some minor fade and staining, the upholstery isn’t too bad off either. The dash has a few minor paint chips, and the radio is not period correct to the car. The horn button is cloudy and discolored, but does not appear to be cracked. All of the interior, hardware appears to be present, making a restoration of the interior easier.
Despite the fact that this is a restoration project, this Peugeot looks pretty sharp. The paint appears very shiny, although the seller describes it as a “20 footer” having some minor surface rust. All of the chrome work is nice with little to no evidence of rust. One cool feature of this Peugeot are the semaphore turn signal indicators similar to that found on early Volkswagens. Appearing remarkably solid and rot free, this would likely be a “simple” restoration.
Although sharing some similarities to some similar aged American made automobiles, this Peugeot is powered by a small 1290cc 4 cylinder with a column shifted 4 speed manual transmission. Unfortunately there are no detailed photos of the engine bay, but the engine is described as being in good health. The only thing holding this Peugeot back from being a driver is a weak brake system. Even though the seller has described this Peugeot as a restoration project, it is likely that this French machine could be enjoyed as is, until the owner decided to step up and take on a restoration. Would you restore, or enjoy, this French classic?