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Peugeot 505

505

Peugeot logo1 Oct 1980

By THE GOAUTO TEAM

The early Peugeot 505s were built on the virtues of the renown 504 that made it popular in rural Australia – high ground clearance, rear wheel drive, independent rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, rack and pinion steering and a torquey four-cylinder engine.

The latter was the simple 70.5kW 2.0-litre overhead valve carburettor unit that was a development of the 1960s’ 404 unit.

Mated to either a five-speed manual or three-speed ZF automatic gearbox, it powered the 505, 505 GR and later 505 SR models. Air-conditioning, cloth trim, central locking and power windows were standard.

From March ’81 a 50.4kW 2.3-litre four-cylinder diesel 505 sedan replaced the 504 GLD in Peugeot’s local line-up, but that only lasted until the first turbocharged diesel marketed in Australia, the 59kW 2.3 505 SRD five-speed manual sedan, appeared in mid-‘82.

At the same time, the long-lived 505 wagon debuted. With its longer wheelbase and eight-seat capability, the 70.5kW 2.0 petrol-powered auto-only wagon eventually replaced the ageing 504 wagon.

It – along with the 505 SRD and limited edition sunroof-equipped 505 LE – featured power steering.

The 505 STi, a more sports-orientated sedan, supplemented the 505 GR during 1983.

Its Renault-sourced 84.7kW 2.2-litre fuel-injected motor also powered 1984’s 505 Executive and its replacement, the 505 GTi, from 1985, while the mildly revised 505 SR from early ’84 to ’86 was a re-badged GR.

The flagship GTi Executive of ’85 added leather trim.

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