Local Car News #Update
Growing up as a Nigerian especially in the 90’s, it was not difficult to spot a Peugeot 504 on the road or dauntlessly standing tall in front of your wealthy neighbors’ house. Or maybe your house, if you were the wealthy neighbor.
Fifty years ago yesterday in 1968, production of the legendary Peugeot 504 kick started by French automaker Peugeot till 1983 when it then ceded licence for production to another company that produced till 2006. The Peugeot 504 is a mid-size, front-engine, rear wheel drive automobile manufactured and marketed by Peugeot for model years 1968-1983 over a single generation, primarily in four-door sedan and wagon configurations — but also with two-door coupe, convertible and pickup truck variants.
More than 3 million 504s were produced in its European production while several other millions were assembled under licence across several other continents. It gained major popularity in rough terrains like Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Benin, Kenya and Nigeria.
Having debuted as Peugeot’s flagship at the 1968 Paris Salon, the 504 received the 1969 European Car of the Year. In 2013, the LA Times called it “Africa’s workhorse.