I always learn something when I research my old models. When I bought my old Solidos, there was no internet and all my limited knowledge came from magazines and books. So when I bought this one, I assumed Solido had just put some random Rally stickers on the model. Wrong!
But let’s start at the beginning. The 104ZS was an unusual car. It was the “Coupe” version of the already small 4-Door 104 Sedan. That car was launched in 1972, and looked very much like one of those new-fandangled Hatchbacks - except that it wasn’t. Peugeot gave this car a conventional boot lid instead, as they feared a true Hatchback would steal sales from the 204 Break.
The 104 “Coupe” was launched in 1974, as a two door with a shortened wheelbase, but the same 954cc engine as the sedan. By 1976, the 204 was discontinued and the 104 finally received a hatch, and the “Coupe” became the 104Z.
This was also the time of the Peugeot-Citroen merger, and the 104 Sedan served as the technical base for the Citroen Visa, while the 104 Coupe body was fitted with a 2CV engine to become the Citroen LN.
But back to the model in question here. As I was researching this story, I was amazed too find out that it is actually a pretty good representation of an actual Rally car.
Now - here’s the weird thing: Looking though the interwebs, I found a photo of this car from the 1976 Rally D’Antibes, showing this car. And it makes the model look pretty good, the decals look mostly correct, and it features the correct #59.
So apart from the color, Solido got it right. And then I found that the model actually was available in the correct colour too. D’oh! Of course, I didn’t know that when I bought it either.
Just tonight I found a YouTube video of the 1976 Rally D’Antibes. It is 8 minutes of totally glorious 1970s Rally magic. A fantastic Lancia Stratos, three different Renault Alpine, two 911s and another two Rally Kadett. Awesome. Do yourself a favor and watch it.
And right at the end, there is my 104ZS, with all the right stickers and #59.