May 21, 2014

1991 Peugeot 405 MI16

1991 Peugeot 405 MI16 For Sale

Here's a large family car from France, the Peugeot 405. In 1988 he was be European Car of the Year by the largest number of votes in the contest history. The picture is a 1991 Peugeot 405 MI16 4-door saloon. Never seen one in the metal before! Doesn't sound like there are very many likely to be left (fewer than 5,000 sold in the US from 1989-91), but the oldest ones will be available to import in the US, for a little over two years Might be worth a closer look.

The Peugeot was listed for sale on Craigslist a few days ago, looking for a new owner. All look nice in photos without words about any issues. It could be a very nice car to collect.

From Automobile:
August 6, 1991, the day that Peugeot joined French compatriots Citroen, Renault, and Simca and officially gave up on the U.S. car market. The 405 was the last new French car introduced here, and the Mi16 was the athlete of the lineup, with a boy-racer body kit that looks great even today. Contemporary road tests smothered the Pug with praise for its exceptional chassis balance, comparing its handling to that of a rear-wheel-drive sport sedan -- or even a race car. Its steering was called every positive name in the book, and the driving position, pedal placement, and shifter were all lauded. Those are attributes largely shared with lesser 405 models -- the biggest differentiator for the Mi16 was its sixteen-valve engine.

In the 1980s, a 7000-rpm sixteen-valve four-cylinder was an exotic piece of machinery reserved for the performance elite. It's not much of a stretch to consider the Mi16 in the same league as the original BMW M3 or the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16. Sure, the 405 is front-wheel drive, but the Mi16′s handling belied its layout, and the underhood screamer produced enough power -- more than Peugeot's own 2.8-liter V-6 -- to run with many of its six-cylinder competitors.

This car runs and drives excellent all origonal 4 new tires clean in and out !

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