Compared to the saloon versions the Peugeot 203 pickup is very basic, given its grey colour and the almost total absence of chrome, even on the grille and bumpers. In post-war France however this was exactly the vehicle a small merchant needed: rugged, robust,
a top speed of around 100 km/h, a four-speed gearbox including an overdrive that kept fuel consumption low, and an 850kg load ca- pacity. These cars had a reputation for being very tough and almost indestructible. Even in the 1990s 203 pickups were still in use in the French ‘campagne’ for all kinds of purposes, including transporting wine and cattle. This example was fully restored between 2005 and 2007.
The American-styled 203, launched in 1948, was Peugeot’s first all-new model after WWII. Between 1949 and 1955, when the 403 was introduced, it was the only model in the Peugeot range. It had
a unitary body construction and a 42hp 1,290cc engine that was in- creased to 45hp in 1952. The Commerciale (station wagon), Familiale (large family station wagon with three rows of seats), panel van and pickup versions had a 20mm longer wheelbase than the saloons.
1.3 litre four-cylinder
Fully restored between 2005 and 2007