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|Icons That Need No Introduction: The Peugeot 504 & The Golf MK1 GT by LussoAutos: 12:56am On Jan 25|
This car doesn’t need any introduction. The Peugeot 504 from the seventies. Definitely not sporty, stunning diesel engine from 1975. The 504 was developed as a successor to the Peugeot 404, which was the company’s midsize offering between 1960 and 1975. Owners of 404s were pleased with their durability, frugality, and good value, and Peugeot desired those same qualities in a successor vehicle. So they contacted Pininfarina to work up a new design. After, the company set out to perform some sturdy engineering, enter the all-new Peugeot 504.
In a typical Peugeot manner, the 504’s introduction was well before the discontinuation of the 404. The new entry was available for the 1968 model year in a variety of body styles (also typical). Off the four-door sedan base came a five-door wagon, a two-door coupe, convertible, and even a pickup truck. Power always traveled to the rear wheels, and engines between 1.8 and 2.7 liters in displacement were available. Transmissions varied and included four- or five-speed manuals, plus three-speed automatics.
Volkswagen Golf Mk1
The story goes that VW engineer Alfons Löwenberg saw the potential in his company’s then-new supermini, so he gathered together a group of like-minded colleagues willing to work in their spare time on what they called the ‘Sport Golf’. When it was done they showed it to the executives, who were so impressed they gave it the green-light.
At the 1975 Frankfurt Motor Show VW unveiled the Golf GTI (Gran Turismo Injection). Apart from the chin-spoiler, tartan upholstery, and much pin-striping, it looked remarkably like a regular Golf. But under the bonnet was a different story entirely. The 1.6-liter, fuel-injected engine from the Audi 80 GT, enabled it to hit 0-60mph in around nine seconds and a top speed of 110mph. Not fast by today’s standards, but plenty enough for the early Eighties.
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