Peugeot announces factory restoration program

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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The historic French car maker is set to restore, and even sell, authenticated examples of its classic models

Last month, we got word that the Peugeot museum in Sochaux, France, was to sell-off up to 60 vehicles, many of them one-off concepts or former competition cars, from its private collection.

While most manufacturers are hesitant to part with their historical models, perhaps the long-lived French carmaker was simply clearing space as Peugeot has recently announced a new dedicated in-house restoration program and classic sales division to mark its 210th anniversary.

Works will be carried out in the carmaker’s hometown of Sochaux, France, at the official Musée de l'Aventure Peugeot. Cars chosen and restored by the manufacturer will each receive a certificate of authenticity upon completion, and will be sold via a dedicated classic sales section on the Museum’s website as of early-2021.

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Existing Peugeot owners and enthusiasts will also be able to commission complete or partial restorations from those who know them best, with Peugeot stating that customer quotes will be accepted from early 2021. The first beneficiary of the newly-announced program is a black Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9.

The new restoration program will be supported by the Peugeot museum’s talented team of craftsmen made up of master technicians, former factory workers, body restorers, textile trimmers and sheet metal workers; who will all contribute in hand-restoring these vehicles to as-new condition.

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For parts and componentry, Peugeot is said to have obtained all necessary stock and warehousing operations for the new scheme, with correct and original suppliers and subcontractors enlisted to reproduce missing parts where possible, while 3D manufacturing techniques will be utilised for remaining parts no longer in production.

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Peugeot marks the latest car maker to join a growing fraternity of manufacturers who are increasingly looking to support their passionate classic owners. The Japanese marques have also made significant headways into the space recently, with Nissan’s constantly-expanding range of reproduction components, to Mazda’s comprehensive factory MX-5 restoration program.

 

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