With its seemingly bulging hood, flush door handles and clean, elongated lines, the 1974 Peugeot 504 V6 Cabriolet was an impressive success, fruit of the collaboration of many car companies and one distinguished designer, none other than Pininfarina. The shells were built and assembled in Turin, then shipped to France, where the drive-train was installed by Peugeot. While the Cabriolet had been rolled out a few years before, they really hadn’t caught on, in great part because of their very lackluster engine, even it they were quite refined and beautiful. The V6 changed all that.
The 504 Cabriolet’s V6 engine was the fruit of collaboration between Renault, Peugeot and Volvo, and was called the PVR. It featured a 2.7-liter displacement, and produced a respectable 136 horsepower, enough to propel the stylish convertible to a top speed of 115 miles per hour, and to 60 mph in 10 seconds flat.
The 504 V6 was also available as a two-door coupe, but it was really the Cabriolet that made an impression, as it could comfortably seat four. Produced with minor improvements until 1984, the 1974 Peugeot 504 V6 Cabriolet was a remarkable car, proof that getting the right engine in the right car can make all the difference!