Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars
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About a month ago I already wanted to do a compare between the normal Peugeot 504 and the Peugeot 504 Coupé. The problem was the only ‘normal’ 504 I got is an Altaya James Bond on a small diorama reenacting a scene For your Eyes only. Of course there was a car chase in the movie and, next to his Lotus, for that 007 used a 2CV. Being chased by these guys in their black 504.

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But it was mounted on it’s base by the famous triangular screw IXO seems to use a lot. This time the screws were even smaller than before so I had to get me another screwdriver. And that one arrived this week.

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So I could cut it loose and maybe chase another 2CV as I got a lot of those. Just too bad I don’t have a yellow one like Bond uses in the movie. And too bad I wouldn’t know how to recreate that epic scene with the jumping/flying 2CV.

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Then the second problem arose: although this one came straight out the box it’s rear-axle allowed only for one incomplete rotation. So panning was out of the question:

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Alright then. A simple chase then. On a track to prevent innocent bystanders to get hurt.

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‘Run ‘m off the track Zorba!’

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But that wasn’t what started this post. The 504 Saloon is a well known car, even available in the USA. Headlights were replaced over there to feature sealed beams. So I suppose I can skip the history lecture over here. And start with what you all came here for, a small comparison of the Saloon with the Coupé.

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Off course the Coupé is a bit lower. Even with three semi-criminal passengers in the Saloon.

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The 504 Saloon didn’t come with the V6 (or did it in the US?) the Coupé could be bought with but both engine-compartments seem to be of the same size.

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And somehow the Coupé doesn’t seem to have a problem when it comes to the trunk. It’s slightly smaller though as the 504 has 460 liters available for cargo as opposed to the Coupé’s 360 liters.

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Not only was the wheelbase somewhat shortened, overall length was smaller for the Coupé as well. It differs only 5” for 1:1’s, I couldn’t tell without getting a ruler.

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And although I’ve always liked the looks of the Saloon, that Coupé simply is that good looking I’d doubt anyone would actually choose a Saloon over a Coupé.

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The quality in the models differ a bit as well. The red Norev is way superior over the black Altaya. I already mentioned that rear-axle. The ‘offset’ of the trunk in photo 2 and 4 seems a bit off. Those figurines in the car...

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Wanted by the Ελληνική Αστυνομία: 3 crooks in a black Peugeot 504 with licenseplate M-265928. Do not look into eyes of either the driver as well as the passengers (one of which has steel teeth and calls himself ‘Jaws’) but contact the Hellenic Police Force at 1-800-222-8477 immediately. Don’t be a hero, these guys do carry and will not hesitate to kill you.

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But the decals all seem to fit. And it’s just produced to keep the memories of this Bond episode alive anyway. I’ve got several Bond-cars, it’s just that Bond not seems to use a lot of French cars that prevent me from getting more. That yellow 2CV eventually will be hunted for, I promise you that. I really do love the Connery/Moore-eras of Bond, maybe I should just get them all...

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And off they go, on to a next assignment. And that’s our sign to stop this French Friday for me. And put on some tunes from Sheena Easton. Bon week-end!!!!

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