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New for 1955, the Peugeot 403 adopted contemporary postwar styling, featuring rounded edges and slab-sided body panels. To design the bodywork, the French automaker collaborated with the famous Italian styling house and coachbuilder Pinin Farina, marking a 50-year partnership between the companies.
In addition to the stylish exterior, the 403 was outfitted with modern mechanical components, such as rack and pinion steering and a thermostatically controlled engine fan for increased efficiency and fuel economy. The small-displacement engine features a cast-iron block and aluminum cylinder head, and the 1,468 CC inline four produces adequate power as well as great fuel economy – advertising boasted figures of 29 mpg and a top speed of 80 mph. The attractive two-tone livery of mint green and white gives a subtle and refined aesthetic, while the roof-mounted luggage rack, roomy trunk, and folding rear seats provide ample cargo capacity. Moreover, the steering-column-mounted gearshifter allows room for an extra passenger up front. Within the last 10 years, this elegant estate benefited from a restoration.
Presented here is a sophisticated statement of French economic resurgence and innovation, ready to transport a new owner – and a half dozen friends and family – on its next adventure.