Peugeot is currently developing its own pickup for Europe, but many will remember that the French manufacturer held a prominent position in the market back in the 1980’s. The Peugeot 504 pickup was a respectable workhorse in its day, with a 1.2 tonne payload and a choice of petrol and diesel engines.
Saloon and cabriolet versions of the Peugeot 504 were available from launch in 1969, but the pickup variant was only available one year later and it would only be another 10 years – after a midlife facelift – before the pickup would be available in the UK.
The 504 pickup was constructed with an all-steel body and boasted the longest wheelbase in its class at launch (3,000mm) and an overall length of 4,750mm and width of 1,710mm. There were independent MacPherson struts at the front and longitudinal leaf springs at the rear, and drum brakes all round.
Engine and driveline
Originally, the Peugeot 504 pickup was available with a choice of a 1.6-litre petrol (62hp/120Nm) or 1.9 diesel (49hp/108Nm). In 1983, Peugeot replaced these with a 1.8-litre petrol (81hp/135Nm) and a 2.3-litre diesel (70hp/132Nm) – the latter of which was noted for its impressive fuel economy of up to around 40mpg on the combined cycle. Early models came with just a four-speed transmission, although an extra gear was added for later models.
Loading and towing
The two-metre load length may sound respectable, but this was the shortest on the single-cab market at the time. The interior width measured 1.35 metres, giving just 2.7 square metres of usable load area.
However, the Peugeot 504 was the class leader for payload. Most variants had a 2,595kg gross vehicle weight which, minus the 1.4 and 1.5 tonne kerbweight, left between 1,100kg and 1,200kg for payload. The Peugeot 504 pickup had a maximum towing capacity of up to 1,300kg.
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