Right across from that factory is L’Aventure Peugeot, a beautifully presented and organized collection of Peugeot products, mostly cars, that date back to the start of the Belle Époque.
1- At top is the 1937 Peugeot 302 Darl’Mat as raced at Le Mans that year. Darl’Mat placed #7, #8 and #10. First place went to Bugatti, of course.
2- "Just one more thing..’ Yes, it’s a 403 Cabriolet just like the one Lieutenant Columbo used. When the show debuted, Peugeot asked that the car’s emblems be obscured as they were loathe to associate the marque with such a trashed out ethos. As the series grew in popularity, things changed and the company was only too happy to associate itself with the character and his idiosyncratic car. Raincoat optional at extra cost.
3- Pretty Bèbè: designed by Bugatti and produced under license, it has a 855 cc 4 cylinder motor and could go as fast as 60km/hr if you were brave. Built over the course of three model years (1913 – 1916) it was Peugeot’s first mass produced success with over 3,000 unites built.
4- In recent years, the Peugeot brand has had a strong association with World Rally Championship competition but the roots of the marque’s involvement in big league rallying dates back many decades. This right hand drive 404, piloted by Bert Shankland and Chris Rothwell, won the East Africa Safari in 1967.
5- Peugeot was the first to have it both ways. Folding steel tops are common these days and remarkable when Ford introduced the concept in 1957 but the original debut in 1934 with the Peugeot 601 Coupé Transforable a/k/a Eclipse. When Mercedes launched the SLK in 1996, touting the fact that its steel top automatically folded into the trunk at the touch of a button, Peugeot politely pointed out that it had pulled off that same trick 62 years earlier.
6- As introduced at the 1935 Paris Motor Show, the 402 Roadster with folding windscreen and concealed headlights.
7- When the Pope Paul II visited Lyon in 1981, he rode in a Peugeot 504 pick up truck that had been transformed into a Popemobile.
Source: Automobile Mag