1935 Peugeot 402 Commerciale
£12,320Fabulous design; recent full restoration - just door
cards, carpets and headlining to complete; fascinating history; charismatic and
This completely stunning Peugeot starts off with a
fascinating back-story. It is reputed to have been owned by long-time owner
M.Cuterone who tells of it being bricked up in a barn during the war to stop it
being used by the Nazis.
He was a travelling salesman and ran the car for
many years after the war with the identification 'Drome & VRP' an area of
south east France near Valence.
It was subsequently sold on to a local
farmer, who's kids learnt to drive it and used it on the farm. It was then put
away in a barn.
The present owner purchased the car in 2008 from Antibes,
spending the next eight years on a comprehensive body and mechanical
Photos on file show that it was in quite a state. The car
was completely stripped and everything made good - the fit and finish on the
underside now being as good as that on top.
The engine is from a 1938
model with 2,142cc. The crankshaft was reground, new white metal bearings
poured, new liners fitted, rings, studs, guides, timing chain and core plugs all
replaced. Since completion, the engine has only covered 150 miles or
The gearbox was fully rebuilt with all new bearings and the rear axle
was washed out, checked and declared fit and healthy. The simple yet effective
brakes have had new cables, linings and the drums trued and new king pins and
bushes have also been fitted. Stainless fittings have been used
A new wiring harness has been installed along with a modified
dynamo and indicators added for safety.
Much bodywork has been done and
very well painted in polyurethane, with just a few blemishes which have occured
in the rebuild.
The standard of the work is exceptional, including the
fitting of a heater to the massive rear compartment. There are still a few minor
jobs to complete, the rear bumper is not yet fitted, as are the hubcaps which
are currently resting in place for the photos.
The rear wooden floor is a
masterpiece and one could carpet it but it would be a crying shame - it may have
been like that from new. The seats carry their original material which could be
replaced if so desired and it needs door cards and a headlining to complete the
This is a real head turner and has been extremely carefully and
thoughtfully restored. It must have cost its owner significantly more than the
modest catalogue estimate to get this far and with so little more to do, it
looks so tempting and is perfectly usable as it is.
includes multitudes of bills, a handbook (you will need to brush up your
French), import documents from France and a current UK V5C carrying the
registration number UXS 215.For more information - contact Matthew
Parkin 07813 936698