Normally, I’m a fan of keeping cars relatively stock–this cute little Estate is an exception. With the engine and some interior and exterior components missing, but a pretty solid body shell and suspension, I think this car is a perfect candidate for a small modern engine to be dropped into that engine compartment with a five or six speed transmission. The is located in Old Saturn Land, otherwise known as Spring Hill, Tennessee, and is listed for sale here on eBay, where bidding is only up to $560 and there’s no reserve to put a damper on your enthusiasm!
Getting right to the point, here’s the hole you are trying to fill. As you can see, the car is really structurally sound with a conventional front engine/rear-drive configuration and a shifter on the column. If it were mine, as the buckets in the interior aren’t original anyway, I’d go for a pair of nice looking junkyard bucket seats and use a floor shifter. Since my favorite seats ever were the buckets from a Peugeot 505, maybe I could find those? How about a late model small pickup drive train–Ford, Toyota, Nissan? Although the original four cylinder, 1468 cc engine had a hemi head, it only produced 65 horsepower and 75 ft-lbs of torque, so any late model engine would be a major improvement! Don’t forget to plan on a brake upgrade too, and you might as well put dual-circuit brakes on at the same time. Again, a small pickup might be the answer for that as well.
The bumper appears to be from a later Peugeot and really doesn’t fit well with the car. Since there isn’t a front bumper, I think I might go bumperless, or possibly just a strip of stainless steel front and rear like this. That shell sure looks straight, though, doesn’t it?
It’s useful, too, with a nice load floor here and space for the spare tire and tools below. With a little padding back here this would be a great place for our dogs to ride in style. And with the weight of the original car at 2575 pounds, you should get decent performance and mileage from my proposed swap. So what do you think? Would you be interested in that combination? Would it be worth the trouble? Or are there any Peugeot purists out there that would restore this unusual Estate? I look forward to reading your comments!