Friday, December 20, 2013

What Would I Buy Today?

It has been ages since I looked up old cars for sale. It used to be that I would look several times per week on a website called "Leboncoin" (translated into English it means 'The Good Corner'). This website is THE go-to place in France for used car listings. The site isn't specifically automotive; you can sell anything you like, but their car, motorcycle and related equipment sections are very popular and very well set up to make searching easy.

This morning, the first morning of my Christmas vacaction, I got thinking about how I hadn't been back to Leboncoin for a while, so I thought I'd do a search for something fun. Despite my never-ending desire to buy another old car, it really isn't an option right now, but I figured it would be fun to take a peek and see what, if I really was buying something today, I would pick.
Didn't take very long. The website is well organised, and it is easy to search either by keyword (name, make, model, etc), or by many of the drop-down lists (age, price, location, engine type, etc). An expert of the site, I know exactly what I'm looking for... I limit the age to 1990 and older and pick vehicles in my region... and even if it's fantasy time, I also have a realistic side, so I stick a 2500 euro cap on it.

(EDIT: The link no longer works; it would seem the car was sold)
Four pages of cars. I scan through quickly, as I go with my gut and want something that catches my eye. And one car does. It's a 1989 Peugeot 505. A long low sedan, it was Peugeot's last RWD car and produced from 1979 until 1992. To my eyes it has a profile as attractive as that of a Jaguar XJ of the 80's and 90's, with the cabin set far back on the chassis and a long hood and trunk that taper gently before dropping off abruptly.
This version, the SX model, is equipped with a 2.5L diesel engine and 5-speed manual transmission. Far from the sporty, powerful GTD version with its turbocharged 2.5L engine, this pedestrian example is more of a casual weekend touring car suited for lazy drives through the countryside. Still, it appears to be very clean, at least on the outside, and with only 153,000 kms (barely broken in for an 80's French diesel!), it most certainly has many good years ahead of it.

And while I am quite fascinated by this car, I saw a few others that also caught my attention... I think I need to drop by 'The Good Corner' more often!

EDIT: A friend with a great automotive website I've already mentioned (www.testdrivejunkie.com) just posted a picture of a great 505 Turbo ad on his Facebook page... glad to see I'm not the only one who likes these cars!

3 comments:

  1. As I look at the profile picture I realise that this cars is CRYING for proper rims...

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  2. ^^^Yess!! I love these, though power wise they are a little..... diminutive.

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  3. Yeah, I don't know if they have much of a following or if anyone ever dropped in a big-block... but I can imagine the result...

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