1959 Peugeot 403 Cabriolet 

Peugeot 403 Cabriolet Hard-top

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One of 2500 convertibles of the 403
- Sold with a very rare Hardtop
- Quality restoration
- 2 owners since 1981

Reference Number 669022

as of 10/7/2021

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Lot 63

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 Fax    State  Paris
 Mobile    Country  France France
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Car 1959 Peugeot 403 Cabriolet
VIN 2307919 
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Known History

The Peugeot 403 was presented to Peugeot dealers on 20 April 1955 in Paris. Its modern engine, developed from the 203, kept its 'Alpax' cylinder head with hemispherical combustion chambers, guaranteeing an excellent power output. It was also the first Peugeot with a convex windscreen. The car resulted from Peugeot's collaboration with the leading coachbuilder Pinin Farina, who designed the cabriolet version introduced at the Paris Motor Show in October 1956.

Thanks to Aventure Peugeot, we know that this rare cabriolet was ordered for export to Saigon, the former capital of Indochina. Its original colour was ivory. We cannot confirm whether the car eventually left France, but it was found in Jouy-en-Josas (France) in 1981 in the hands of the previous owner. Purchased in 1998 from the latter, the current owner was truly charmed by this barn find, which deserved a comprehensive restoration. Passionate about the brand, he was treasurer of the Peugeot miniature club and the cabriolet was a model he had dreamed of for a long time. He then entrusted the restoration of the car to the workshop Bourdais, based in Mantes la Jolly. Buyers are advised to consult the photographic file and invoices which trace the restoration. The body has been entirely overhauled and the interior, in beige leather, has been taken care of by the Sellerie du Mantois. The soft top is in very good condition.

In 2004, to celebrate the end of the restoration, the car was exhibited at the Retromobile show on the Aventure Peugeot stand by the 403 cabriolet Club.

A rare fact, it is equipped with a hard top. This option appeared at the 1959 Motor Show, and according to the 403 cabriolet Club, only 57 examples would have been produced. There are about a dozen left today. This one had been unearthed by the previous owner. It has been carefully restored, as it is made of resin, the main aim was to preserve its original appearance. The car will be sold with many additional parts (windscreen, doors...).

In its beautiful Como green colour, this rare cabriolet has been noticed during the numerous exhibitions in which it has taken part and is in beautiful condition, having covered less than 1,000 km since its restoration.