French, that's what it's like!
Seriously, there are some aspects of car mechanics and design that only the French could conceive of, and the 304 has plenty of them! Quite why a fan belt has to go round so many corners I don't know, and the high pitched horn is hilarious. I especially like the pop up air vent grilles, which do a good impression of a toast rack.
If you're looking for a performance supercar this is not it, but it is pleasant to drive. It's nimble enough to give you some fun through the bends - with just enough roll to remind you that you're in a French car - and 75bhp (when new!) in a light car means it is nippy enough. On the motorway it will take you to the speed limit, but well before 70mph it's crying out for a 5th gear that it doesn't have.
The big bucket seats are great, and a low seating position makes it feel like you're going quicker than you actually are. It's comfortable enough for long journeys - though it would be useful if the driver's seat could go back just an inch or two more for comfort. A smaller and chunkier steering wheel looks great on these cars and makes the pug feel sportier, but the original large skinny wheel gives it authenticity.
Peugeot 304 and 304S Cabriolet
1970s French Classic Car. Record of UK models.