Peugeot 404 Cabriolet 1964, simply stunning

Peugeot 404 Cabriolet: I was looking back through some old photo a few days ago and came across this stunning Peugeot 404 cabriolet we restored back in 1988, the height of the classic car boom but that’s another story.

The Peugeot 404 was styled by a Pininfarina, which was learning the art of recycling its designs across more than one car company and that meant, the Peugeot 404 beautifully engineered saloon bore more than a passing resemblance to the BMC Farina and Fiat 1800/2300 saloons. It was a policy that the Italian design company would go on to follow for decades to come. The 404 was a very clever piece of design, though, as it was smaller and lighter than the car it was eventually replaced, the 403. The 404 and 403 would end up selling alongside each other, before the newer car went on to be built until 1978 – a truly impressive achievement. But it was a great looking and driving car that deserved its success. Just like with the 403, Peugeot took a couple of years to get the convertible version of its mainstay saloon into production. The 404 Cabriolet and its Coupé shared no external panels with their saloon cousins, giving Pininfarina free rein to create a visually arresting car with more than a passing resemblance to contemporary Ferraris. But the 404 Cabriolet was also roomy and practical – and quick too in fuel injected form.