Peugeot 1955

203
403 - premiera


October advert.

The 403 made its debut on 20 April 1955 at the Trocadéro Palace in Paris. The engine size gave the car a "tax horsepower" of 8 CV (8 hp), which placed it a class below 11 CV Citroën Traction, but at least one class above the small cars produced by the principal competitor manufacturers. The 403 came with an enlarged version of the Peugeot 203's 1290 cc petrol engine. Displacing 1,468 cc, the straight-four unit has pushrod-actuated valves, hemispherical combustion chambers and a crossflow cylinder head to produce 65 hp at 5,000 rpm. An unusual feature is the thermostatically controlled engine fan which cut out when the engine temperature fell to 75°C and reengage when the engine temperature increased to 84°C. Claimed advantages include an improvement in fuel consumption and reduction of fan noise. Another ingenious feature involve a small hot water based heating device for the carburetor linked to the cabin heater in such a manner that it operates only when the driver turn on the heater.

 

203

203 (R4 cyl, 1290 cm³, 45 ch)
  berline; wb: 2580 mm
  cabriolet; wb: 2580 mm
  familiale; wb: 2780 mm
  commerciale; wb: 2780 mm
  furgonette tolee
  camionette bachee


203 berline (Auto Świat)


203 cabriolet


203 commerciale (retroviseur)

 

403

403 (R4 cyl, 1468 cc, 58 ch)
  berline; wb: 2660 mm

 

Victories:

1st 1000 Lakes Rally Elo

F.I.A. World Sports Car Championship entries:

Mille Miglia 30.04.-01.05.1955 (round 3) Results:
# Entrant: gen. class
105 203 Pizzagalli / Guarducci dnf T1.3 -
125 203 des Garets / Nicol 125th T1.3 14th
126 203 Tossi dnf T1.3 -
129 203 Guiraud / About 71st T1.3 3rd
137 203 Miguet / Poli 142nd T1.3 18th
146 203 Lucient / Clement 85th T1.3 6th
553 203 Special David / Terray 52nd S1.5 5th
 
  Targa Florio 16.10.1955 (round 6) Results:
#
14 403 De Cortanze / Dernier ret. -