The classic stories often go like a fairy tale. A car is slumbering somewhere and eventually some prince takes care of it. The story about this special Peugeot is described in the book '50 years Peugeot 404′ by Wim Noorman. In May 1960, Peugeot introduced the latest model from its collection, the 404, in Versailles.
By: Dirk de Jong
Back in Enschede, and I can't resist. I'll soon be able to kiss Sleeping Beauty awake for a price that won't even buy you a new bike. This Peugeot 404 was built in 1963 and sold new by dealer Nijkrake from Enschede. The first owner traded the car in in 1978 after having driven only 59.000 kilometers.
The dealer – and now grandfather – Nijkrake decided to keep the car in his private collection. The Peugeot 404 was technically prepared for its stay in the collection. The engine oil was replaced with preservative oil, the coolants and brake fluids were drained and then the car was stored.
2000 fireworks disaster
Every Dutchman will remember this drama! The former garage was so badly damaged that it had to be demolished. As a result, the Peugeot 404 had to clear the field. Now it was time to wait for the prince to kiss Sleeping Beauty awake.
Beautiful and silent
The Peugeot 404 was completely original, rock solid, the history known and the original instruction booklet included. Original Michelin X tires (but they had to be replaced after a long standing time). The rusty devil hadn't struck anywhere.
The happy buyer
The second owner was a man with a big heart of enthusiasts and the minor flaws (small dents, brakes, adjusting valves) were addressed. So it was starting and running. The second life for the beautiful Peugeot 404 could begin. This story was recorded by Wim Noorman from the mouth of the man who bought the car from grandfather Nijkrake. Joost bought the car in 2016 and the Peugeot 404 is now a very well-known car within the Peugeot club, a classic that is cherished with indestructible enthusiasm. The mileage of this 59-year-old now points to 90.000.
It is of course wonderful that we can now view the Peugeot 404 through the nostalgic glasses and Joost wants to hold on to that image. A few years later, for example, he had the upholstery completely renewed. Just as it was then, with new foam and the original French fabric made especially – on old machines – in France. Can you now imagine men looking at this Peugeot 404 with dreamy eyes?
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