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French Project: 1992 Peugeot 505 SW8

The French-built Peugeot 505 was a large family car (by European standards) that was available in a variety of body styles from 1979 to 1992. It would be the last rear-wheel-drive automobile the company built. Sometimes unusual for imports, the 505 had a different body and features on models sold in the U.S. and Canada. This ’92 505 station wagon has been off the road for 12 years and hasn’t run in the past 10, so the buyer’s first challenge will be to get it going again. Located in Scottsboro, Alabama, this French transport is available here on craigslist for $3,950 OBO. Thanks for the tip, Pat L.!

Engineering for the 505 was fairly common. Rear-wheel-drive, front-mounted engine, and MacPherson struts and coil springs in the front and semi-trailing arms with coil springs at the rear. Station wagons had a live-axle rear suspension, with Panhard rod and coil springs. Brakes were usually discs up front and drums in the back. Production over 14 years would be more than 1.35 million units of which less than 20% were anything other than sedans (or saloons, as they were called on that side of the Pond).

This car is said to have been in the South all its life, which helps account for a lack of rust on the 30-year-old automobile. The seller acquired the Peugeot from the car’s second owner who owned it from the mid-1990s. It’s said to be an SW8 model, but Peugeot had a lot of designations for its cars and I’m not sure what this tells us. The second owner parked the vehicle in 2010 and would start and drive it every few weeks until it quit turning over in 2012. So, it’s been sitting for a decade.

Under the hood resides a fuel-injected 2.2-liter inline-4 and it’s flanked by an automatic transmission with overdrive. It’s a well-optioned car, including factory air conditioning. The odometer reads 86,000 miles which could very well be accurate. The seller thinks the paint and interior are original, so if you can get this machine running with a minimum of effort, you’d have a wagon not seen every day.


  1. JCA Member

    Excellent condition, other than the fact that it doesn’t work…

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  2. Jeffrey Brown

    SW8 means it has seats for three in the far back, facing forward, for a total of 8 passengers.

    • Daymo

      Designated Familiale (for Family) here in Europe, the third row of seats would only be any good for children. Would like to see any adult in there!

  3. David P

    $4k for a non-running 505?? That’s….optimistic.

    SW* means it’s an 8-seater, with a third row.

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  4. Martin Horrocks

    Intetesting. Not many left in Europe either. Peugot went to a lot of trouble engineering their station wagons to maximize load area and ride.

    Assuming the car can be made to run easily and the price is less than the ask, this would be a useful vehicle.

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  5. Paul B

    It ran when parked. Then it didn’t run. So sad when this happens to a perfectly good car, but at least it appears pretty rust-free.
    A nice project for a Francophile automobilist.

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  6. Troy

    I don’t know enough about them to really judge if its a good car or not I think its a bit rich on the price for what you getting yourself into good luck to the seller

  7. CCFisher

    This is one of the very last Peugeots imported to the US. Production of US-spec cars ended in September, 1991. I’m curious about the parts situation for something like this.


    Any idea why the engine will not turn over?

  9. Patrick Anderson

    The parts availability here can’t be good. As they say in Texas, El Paso!

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    There are a number of online distributors for Peugeots. Mostly UK and other overseas, however; Parts Geek has a number of Peugeot parts. Peugeots are fine automobiles. They are known as the vehicle built for Africa. I had an 85 504 Wagon in Zimbabwe from 1985 – 1990. Was dependable in every way. The Peugeot has “Wet Cylinders,” so not all techs can repair them satisfactorily.

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  11. freakinutz Member

    Thats a lot of do-re-mi for a non running car with very limited parts availability. The one thing about French cars, they all had extremely comfortable seats. Ok, maybe not the 2CV, although, who knows? I’d pass while humming Francs for the Memories….

  12. BA

    Put a LS in it it’s inevitable!

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  13. Patrick Harkins

    Missed a black wagon in the Huntsville/Athens Alabama area a couple of years ago- I would consult the people at the Lane Auto museum in Nashville about viability of parts and someone knowing how to open the hood- I think some long haired no account folks in Auburn , Alabama still buy/sell and work on these!

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  14. Patrick Harkins

    I am suffering enough with my 76 VW bug still running Fuel Injection!😂

  15. Robert Vanderheiden

    I am pretty sure this car is now 11-7 on eBay for $9500 sold by roverclassic.

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