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STATISTICS

This is a summary of found surviving Peugeot 304 Cabriolets in the UK by age, status and colour.

UK PEUGEOT 304 CABRIOLETS FOUND - BY YEAR

TOTAL

125

NON-S VERSIONS

(1970-1972)

14

S VERSIONS

(1972-1976)

112

1970

0

1971

4

1972

19

1973

24

1974

36

1975

33

1976*

4

UNKNOWN

5

*Peugeot ceased production of the 304 Cabriolet in 1975, but UK DVLA records show a few cars as manufactured and registered in 1976 - presumably due to an import lag.

 

Figures last updated June 2022.

Please see the statistics disclaimer at the foot of this page.

UK PEUGEOT 304 CABRIOLETS FOUND - BY STATUS

ON THE ROAD

63

OFF ROAD

SHORT TERM < 10 YRS

24

OFF ROAD

LONG TERM > 10 YRS

37

UNKNOWN

1

ADDITIONAL CARS CONFIRMED SCRAPPED : 10

 

Figures last updated June 2022.

On and Off Road are estimates - please see the statistics disclaimer at the foot of this page.

UK PEUGEOT 304 CABRIOLETS FOUND - BY COLOUR

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Alaskan White

1970 - 1975

Paint Codes : 1304 / 204

25

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Azure Blue

1971 - 1975

Paint Codes : 1331 / 531

23

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Corn Yellow

1972 - 1974

Paint Codes : 1336 / -

12

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Coral Red

1974 - 1975

Paint Codes : - / 244

5

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Metallic Beige

1971 - 1975

Paint Codes : 1333 / 533

19

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Metallic Grey

1970 - 1975

Paint Codes : 1321 / 521

10

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Metallic Green

1970 - 1974

Paint Codes : 1322 / -

12

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Moss Green

1974 - 1975

Paint Codes : - / 556

8

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Saffron

1970 - 1971

Paint Codes : ?

1

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Non Standard

Resprayed or Special Order Non-standard colours

10

Figures last updated June 2022.

 

Please see the statistics disclaimer at the foot of this page.

NOTES ON COLOURS

STANDARD FACTORY PAINT OPTIONS

10 standard factory paint options were offered by Peugeot for the 304 Cabriolets, though not all were available at the same time. 9 of the colours are illustrated above, and there was also a very pale blue (not shown) available in 1970-71 only.

COLOUR NAMES IN THE UK

 

In the UK, we tend to refer to some Peugeot colours by a different name:

 

'Metallic Beige' is typically referred to as 'Gold'.

'Metallic Grey' is typically referred to as 'Silver'.

'Saffron' is typically referred to as 'Orange'.

CARS FOUND WITH NON STANDARD CLOURS

 

It is most likely that the cars in this category have been resprayed, unless a special order was placed at purchase. The car's respray colour may or may not be from the Peugeot palette - for example, Peugeot offered 'Amaranthus Red' on some non-Cabriolet 304s, but not the Cabriolets.

PEUGEOT PAINT CODES

It appears Peugeot renumbered their paint codes at some stage between 1973 and 1975. Where shown, the first 4-digit code is from documents dated 1973, the second 3-digit code is from documents dated 1975. Where two paint codes are shown the colour should be the same - I believe only the paint code number changed, not the actual paint colour.

If you own a 304 and are considering a respray in an original factory paint colour option, please use these numbers as a guide only - check with your local Peugeot dealer or Bodyshop that the codes shown on this page are correct.

INTERIOR UPHOLSTERY COLOURS

There were three interior colour schemes - Black, Chocolate Brown and Tan.

Despite some interesting conversations with some French 304 owners, I cannot be certain which exterior / interior colour combinations were available, or if indeed the interior colour could be specified at all at the time of purchase.

The Tan interiors appear to be associated with the Moss Green cars, and the Chocolate Brown interiors with the Corn Yellow exteriors - but whether this was owner choice or Peugeot standard I don't know.

There are examples now with red, two-tone and even tartan interiors, all of which I am fairly certain are later changes rather than options when new.

STATISTICS DISCLAIMER

​All statistics are based on personal research and are provided as a guide only reflecting the number of cars I have found to date. They should not be treated as a 'how many are left' number.

SURVIVOR NUMBERS

 

With regards to survivor numbers, it's not easy to know exactly how many are left in the UK. Over the years I've seen figures from my web site being quoted in adverts and features as an accurate record of how many cars are left, and I think that is a mistake - it is probable there are others to discover, and no way of knowing how many. I would rather present my figures simply as 'those found', to be taken at face value, rather than make any claim about them indicating actual overall survivor numbers.

 

When I started this site, back in 2012 or thereabouts, I did it as a bit of fun and fully expecting to find only 30 or 40 surviving 304 Cabriolets. That's what the 'How many left?' web site suggested there were at the time, and I thought it might be fun to track them all down. It didn't pan out as I expected!

 

40 finds soon turned into 60, then 80, then 100 . . . and every time I thought I probably had them all, another one cropped up. So I am no longer comfortable making any assumptions about how many more are waiting to be discovered. There were, after all, over 800 RHD Cabs imported to the UK, so I can't assume all the ones I haven't found are on the scrap heap.

STATUS FIGURES

 

With regards to status figures, prior to 2018 it was fairly easy to use online DVLA records to see if a particular 304 Cab was 'on the road' or laid up. However, since the law changed in 2018 all 304 Cabriolets can be exempt from MOT tests and paid tax (because they fall within the historic vehicle tax exemption class). It is therefore impossible for me to use DVLA records to accurately tell if a particular 304 Cab is on or off the road. It is reasonable to assume some 'off the road' 304 Cabs will be restored to roadworthy, while others will retire from active duty, without me knowing.

 

On road / off road figures can no longer be kept fully up to date, so the figures I've given you above are an educated guess and nothing more.

COLOUR STATISTICS

For colours, some guesses and assumptions have to be made when judging a car's colour from a photograph. For example, it is impossible to be 100% sure that a Silver 304 Cabriolet is in fact finished in the standard 1970s Peugeot Silver (Metallic Grey) simply by looking at an online image. A high percentage of Cabs will have been resprayed and I cannot always be sure the new paint is an exact Peugeot colour match. So please accept there are assumptions made, and treat the figures as a reasonable guide with some small error likely.

 

SUMMARY

In summary, the figures on this page are the best I can offer you based on what I have found. They are based on an accurate but moth-balled snap shot of the situation in 2018 before the law change, the observing of sales and correspondence from owners in the years since, and some guess work.

 

Two things are certain; the best way for me to share accurate information is to receive direct contact from owners, and secondly the stats will change as the years roll by!