It’s been a standout 12 months for the Peugeot 504. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the French marque paid tribute to its iconic Pininfarina-penned coupe with the electrical e-Legend idea. A glut of 504s have been offered by the Leclere public sale home at Peugeot’s museum in Sochaux. Winding the clock additional again, it gained 1968 European Automotive of the 12 months and, due to Peugeot’s dominance of the African car market, the 504 turned ubiquitous there due to plentiful spare elements.
It’s no shock then we’ve come throughout a relatively particular 504 in our classifieds with an African connection. It’s obtained the trademark coupe styling however with one key visible distinction – these rugged wheels. This 504 is a rally particular, and one ok for 1979 World Rally Champion Björn Waldegård.
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Frenchman Jean-Pierre Nicolas is aware of a factor or two in regards to the Peugeot 504. He rallied each the usual sedan and the V6 coupe for the manufacturing unit Peugeot workforce all through the 1970s, selecting up wins within the 1978 Safari and Ivory Coast rallies.
Although Nicolas was additionally a WRC winner in a Porsche 911 and Alpine A110, it was the 504 V6 Coupe he was most taken by, commissioning one for traditional rallying after his skilled profession had ended.
It was no shock given how emphatic these victories had been, his ’78 Safari run ending with a 40 minute benefit over his nearest rival. By comparability, the final time Kenya’s Safari Rally was on the WRC calendar in 2002, Colin McRae gained by solely 2m50.9s from Harri Rovanperä behind. No imply feat.
Nicolas lent his 504 to 1979 WRC champion Waldegård for the 2010 Rallye Worldwide du Maroc Historique, dealing with off towards different motorsport greats like 1982 WRC vice-champion Michèle Mouton and former Method 1 driver Érik Comas. Alas, a rotor arm concern after which outright suspension failure curtailed his progress, that means he failed to attain a high 10 end.
Since Waldegård’s Moroccan journey, this 504 has been transformed to Group four specification for historic rallying. That work was carried out by none apart from Nandan Expertech, the corporate headed by present Hyundai World Rally Group boss Michel Nandan.
Its 2.5-litre V6, mated to Weber carburettors, presently pumps out 200bhp, but it surely’s not tuned to the hilt as you may anticipate from a racing machine. As a substitute, the engine is intentionally underneath confused to deal with the travails of African endurance rallying and the unpredictable gas high quality such adventures entail.
All the same old rally bits you’d anticipate from a traditional rally machine ready to fashionable requirements are there; an ATL gas cell, digital gas pumps, a bespoke wiring loom, VDO devices, OMP seats, steering wheel and harnesses and Aeroquip gas and brake strains. In different phrases, you’re all set to exit and replicate Nicolas and Waldegård’s adventures within the very continent the place the 504 actually made its title.
It’s a critical little bit of traditional rally package and thus removed from low cost at £80,000 ($100,000, €90,000) – however there aren’t many automobiles higher for experiencing the tough African roads on a rally occasion. Take a look at Rally Preparation Providers’ itemizing on AutoClassics to seek out out extra about this 504.