A look back at the Peugeot 203 (1948 – 1963) 0

A-look-back-at-the-Peugeot-203It’s hard to emphasise too much, just how groundbreaking the Peugeot 203 was for its manufacturer when it first appeared in the late 1940’s. A true portent of what was planned by France’s supposedly uber-conservative car manufacturer, the 203 was Peugeot’s first brand new design following the war, and it was not quite in the same league with regards to styling when compared to its predecessor, the 202. Instead, a design more similar to the Volkswagen Beetle was settled on, which the 203 made its own.

The 203 was a highly innovative and competent technically. The alloy-headed engine and hydraulic brakes were unique in its marketing sector at the time. The independent front suspension and rack and pinion steering meant that the drivers of 203s benefitted from an accomplished dynamic performance – something we still associate with the company.

It was in production for a relatively long time – 12 years – and it even donated much of its platform design to its replacement, the 403. In fact their production runs overlapped by eight years, the 403 first making its appearance in the mid-fifties – a Peugeot release trend that is still practised by the company to this day.

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