The coach work is typically French - light and skinny. You know how some cars - like a VW golf for example - feel really heavy and solid? Well the 304 doesn't. The lightweight panels flex very easily, so don't be tempted to stand on the bonnet of one! The boot is huge for such a small car - plenty of room for a picnic hamper or a breakdown rescue kit, depending on how confident you are.
Finding spare parts, in the UK at least, can be a tricky business. I had a donor car that I turned to from time to time, and I'd grab things from ebay before I think I needed them. There are a couple of excellent french forums where enthusiastic and helpful 304 owners gather, but try using google translate to describe the bit of carburettor you're looking for and see how far you get!
Being so rare it does spark a conversation wherever it goes. Even drab petrol station attendants take an interest and raise a smile. And that, to me, is what this car is all about - a smile. It is not bling, it is not pretentious, it's not compensation for the less than well endowed. It's just a funny little French car with good looks and a decent drive that's rare enough to raise a smile. It's left field and fun.
Vive La 304!
Peugeot 304 and 304S Cabriolet / 1970s French Classic Car / Record of UK models.
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