Peugeot 104 (1978) – Into the Wild

Compact Peugeots have been an integral part of the street scene in the Netherlands for decades. Success numbers such as the 205, 106 and 206 have made whole generations mobile. Although the 205 really put Peugeot on the map in this area, ancestor 104 was already a frequently seen little one. Nowadays it is a rarity and a nice orange like this one is certainly worth a second look.

In terms of customer base, the Peugeot of the 1960s mainly had middle-aged people interested in more traditional models. In that picture, a cheap little one, especially for urban use, did not fit very well, but Peugeot still competed in 1972 with the Fiat 127 and Renault 5.

The second in particular had Peugeot on the grain and Renault, of all things, had a hand in the fact that the Peugeot 104 had a somewhat difficult start. A gentlemen’s agreement between Peugeot and Renault led to Peugeot only marketing the Vierus 104 as a ‘sedan’, where the hatchback hatch (the so-called fifth door) was a godsend for these little ones. In 1976, after a quarrel with Renault, Peugeot would still give the 104 a large tailgate that also opened the rear window. Already in 1974 a two-door 104 Coupé (ZS) with a large tailgate appeared.

This orange Peugeot 104 GL, spotted on the side of the road by the undersigned, dates from 1978. So we are dealing with a five-door here. This GL had the modest, 954 cc aluminum power source placed transversely in the front and the ‘classic’ nose part of the first four-door 104, with the square headlights. In addition to the GL, the GL6 and SL appeared in 1976 with 1,124 cc engines, sharing larger headlights with the Coupé ZS, as well as its more elaborate dashboard. In addition, the more powerful motorized five-door versions got somewhat fuller bumpers. If not this modest, but therefore most charming 104 GL.

Peugeot 104 GL.

A look at the owner’s history reveals something very special. The 104 has remained with its first owner until 2020. Doing the same car for 42 years, that is very unique. The 104 is now with its second owner and it looks like it is going on the road with it. Bike carrier on the back and go! Nice is not it?


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