A look back at the Peugeot 402 Darl’mat (1938-1942) 0

A-look-back-at-the-Peugeot-402-DarlmatThe bog-standard Peugeot 402 was a thoroughly decent family car. It had plenty of space, comfort and reliability; it sold well throughout Europe. The 402 Darl’mat however, was something special: a super-sleek roadster commonly regarded as one of the best looking cars of the 20th century.

The creation of sports-car builder Emile Darl’mat, the car – also known as the 402 Special Sports – was designed to add an extra bit of panache to Peugeot’s image. It accomplished this is spades and it soon became clear that the Darl’mat was more than just a pretty face.

The car’s lightweight body, aerodynamic design and well-tuned engine pulled in a phenomenal performance and despite occasionally turning out at race circuits, it was primarily designed as a road car.

To this extent, the 402 Darl’mat began a Peugeot tradition that’s still with us today: making top quality, beautiful sports cars for on-road use. All that aside, due to its bespoke build, the Special Sport was never going to sell in tremendous volumes. Their rarity means editions on sale at auctions can fetch anything up to £500,000.

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