In 1968 Peugeot showed the 504 to the world. It immediately became Car of the Year. The refreshing design was one of the decisive factors for the honorary title. The independent suspension and disc brakes all round also played an important role in the selection of this beautiful mid-sized car, which had a long European career. From 1968 to 1983 it was available on our continent as a Peugeot 504 Berline.
In the first years, the car was equipped with the 1796 cc engine of the Peugeot 404. The buyer could choose between conventional carburetion and mechanical injection from Kugelfischer. The injection models were called “Injection”. From 1971, a diesel engine with a capacity of 2112 cc was also available. In October 1970, the 1,8-litre engine of the Peugeot 504 Saloon was replaced by a two-litre engine with 69 kW (94 hp). From the outset, the petrol versions were available with a 3-speed automatic transmission from ZF.
Oil crisis brings saving version
In 1973 – also in response to the oil crisis – the 504 “L” appeared. The 1.8 liter engine made its comeback within the 504 series. Diesel drivers received an engine with a capacity of 1948cc in combination with the entry-level variant. He was then called “LD”. The economy model was also fitted with a rigid rear axle, which not only influenced the road holding of this 504. The contents of the trunk were also reduced. This version was also stripped of various chrome details and equipped with a simplified dashboard. The “L” got the old faithful control circuit.
The two-liter versions of the sedan were fitted with a floor lever in the same year. From model year 1974 they bore the equipment designations “GL” (carburetion engine) and “TI” (mechanical Kugelfischer injection). In these sedan versions, the shift lever on the steering column was already replaced by a floor lever in 1972. The diesel version of the GL was called “GLD”. The TI was never supplied in combination with a self-igniter.
In the mid-seventies, the so-called 'second series' of the Peugeot 504 Berline was launched. The door handles were now recessed into the doors. The XN1 engine of the GL got a new cylinder head, a new intake manifold and a different carburettor. The modified 504 also received a slightly modified dashboard and a more modern designed steering wheel from its makers. In the second half of the 2304s, further adjustments were made, such as to the rear axle. Another change concerned the black plastic grille that formed the base for the new, openwork lion emblem. The GLD got a diesel engine enlarged to XNUMX cc in the front.
In the last phase of the 504s, some austerity measures were implemented. For example, the 1979 GL got drum brakes at the rear. And in 504 the “L” lost its designation. From then on it was called – and in a modified form – '1971'. In the same year, the much acclaimed 504 cc engine was withdrawn from the Peugeot 505 Berline delivery program, as the Peugeot 505 made its appearance. However, the arrival of the 504 did not herald the European end of the XNUMX.
The last European years
The Peugeot 504 Saloon (and also the Break/Familiale) was adapted to the zeitgeist. Now the entire Berline line got the new dashboard, modified instruments and other seats. The type designations, which were mounted on the rear with plastic emblems, also showed. The last (European) equipment variants of the 504 were now called GR, SR, GRD and SRD. In terms of engine capacity, a austerity in choice was made on petrol and diesel. There was a choice of the 1796 cc petrol engine and the old 2112 cc diesel engine.
Until the end of 1983, the Peugeot 504 Saloon was kept in the program in this way by Peugeot. In its last European production year, the 504 sedan was only available in France. After this, he and his station brother finally cleared the field within our continent. It was the European farewell to a beautiful car in every way.