Some cars are built for speed, others for style and some others yet for the excitement and handling of a hard-driven automobile. In the case of the 1968 Peugeot 504 Estate, or station wagon for North Americans, it was built to be an indefatigable workhorse. It was available in two configurations: a traditional 5-seater, and an extended 7-seater, at the expense of much of the cargo space. This car was built to haul; it didn’t matter if it hauled people or goods, as long as it was hauling something! Mechanically speaking, it was absolutely identical to other 504 models, except that it had a slightly longer wheelbase and modified rear suspension.
With the distinction of being the designated hauler, comes that of being not very exciting to drive, which was certainly the case. With an under-powered 2-liter, four-cylinder engine developing a meager 93 horsepower, the 504 Estate was no racer. It could reach 100 miles per hour, if you really, really wanted it (but no more), and it reached 60 mph in just under 14 seconds. Those mediocre performances notwithstanding, the 504 Estate was as rugged a car as they come, and sold very well in France, Europe as well as in the developing world, where they could see a durable car when they met one.
The 1968 Peugeot 504 Estate remained in production, with only minor variations, until 1982, when it was gracefully retired.