Classic Car Catalogue

Peugeot 1931

5 CV - ost. rok
12 Six - ost. rok




(R4, 1122cm³, 23 KM)
  torpedo commercial
201 C - nowy model, od września
  "berline de voyage" Coupé
  Coupé decapotable
201 E - nowy model, od grudnia
201 T - nowy model, od grudnia
  limousine commercial

Peugeot 201

Peugeot 201 torpedo commercial

Peugeot 201 berline

Peugeot 201 torpedo

Motor SportSeptember 1931
A Test of the "201" Peugeot

THE sport of motoring embraces many and various features, and the expression "sports car" should have a wider meaning than is generally given to it. The normal meaning of the term is now taken to be a car for high speed road work, usually made to look as fast as it is, and in some cases faster. The Peugeot which we recently tried on (and off) the road for a few days recently, certainly is not intended to fall into this category and we never considered trying to class it as such.
Our chief interest in this car lay in the fact that it has been a remarkably successful performer in the more strenuous continental trials and rallies, and is built to stand this sort of thing with impunity. In outward appearance, and in actual accommodation it is a normal small saloon, with ample room for four people and a capacious luggage trunk on the back. It is in fact a small edition of the type of body which is so popular for long distance touring on larger cars, and apart from finding it strongly made and well finished, we did not give it any great thought.
Once on the road we gave our attention to the functioning of the chassis and the performance in general, and in this we were frankly surprised.
Experience with earlier types of this and other small French cars had given us the impression that they were, although robust and reliable, inclined to be somewhat rough.
It was therefore all the more noticeable that the engine and transmission were extremely smooth, and the speed capabilities, of which we were not led to expect anything remarkable, were greatly in excess of our previous ideas on the subject.
Principal Characteristics:
Engine : Four-cylinder,
63 m.m. bore by 90 m.m. stroke,
cubic capacity 1,122 c.c.
Battery and coil ignition.
Solex carburetter.
Chassis :
Overall length 12 feet,
wheelbase 8ft. 0½ ins.
Front wheel track 3ft. 7¼ ins.,
rear wheel 3ft. 9¼ ins.,
turning radius 17 ft. 8 ins.
Weight (bare chassis) 1,312 lbs.
Weight with four-seater salon body, 1,962 lbs.
Petrol tank capacity, 6½ gallons.
Petrol consumtion, 30-35 m.p.g.
Oil consumption, 600-750 m.p.g.
The engine is a 4 cylinder with a two bearing crankshaft, having a bore and stroke of 63 by 90 m.m. giving a total capacity of 1,122 c.c. These figures alone would give one the idea that the car would come in the small family saloon class with but little performance, and when we found that it was capable of a genuine 60 m.p.h., we were distinctly surprised.
The engine appears to have an almost boundless capacity for revs., and as most of our test was over very rough country of the type chiefly favoured for sporting motorcycle trials, this was much appreciated.
The facilities in this country for trying out the cooling system of a car are somewhat limited, but we did our best by driving the car hard through woods and muddy tracks, also over an area of gravel pits where excavation is in progress and the surface is excellent for trying out springing and testing the rigidity of the chassis.
The result of this somewhat pointless but rather amusing motoring (for those who like that sort of thing) was that we formed a very high opinion of the strength and reliability of the car. The steering was particularly good, being positive and reasonably high geared, and the brakes were also smooth and effective. Maximum speed on second gear was about 40 m.p.h. which was attained without distress.
After spending more time one day than we intended on scrambling about the countryside in the Peugeot, we kept it all out on a good main road for many miles on end, and on one long stretch rather down hill, we pushed the speed up to 70 m.p.h., no mean effort for a car of this type which is definitely built for normal hard use rather than for speed.
Many people whose desires in the way of competitions are greater than their bank balances have often complained that they cannot afford to enter their ordinary car for trials as it knocks it about too much. Here, however, seems an example of the poor man's trials car, which can do his business all the time and yet stand all the rough stuff he can give it when his club runs a sporting trial, without having to replace any " bits " afterwards.
It is a very economical car to run, doing 35 miles per gallon without difficulty, and the price is £205.

5 CV

5 CV type 190 S
  torpedo commercial

5 CV torpedo commercia


12 Six

12 Six type 183
  faux cabriolet 4-dr

12 Six


174S 4.0 S-4 cyl.


  Event: Entered: Raced: Finished: Best results:
17.05.1931 Casablanca Grand Prix 1 1 1   Ferrant   5th 1500→ 4th
France 07.06.1931French GP 2 1 1 24 René Ferrant / Louis Rigal 174S 9th  
13.09.1931 Circuit des Routes Pavées   1 1 9 Ferrant   3rd →5.0 Racing 1st

French Grand Prix.
  Event: Entered: Raced: Finished: Best results:
16-21.01.1931 Rallye Monte Carlo 14 G. de Lavalette 201 →1100 2nd
    8 G. Larue   →1100 12th
22.05-6.06.1931 European 10,000 km trial 2 38 Boillot / Kramer   →2000
    40 Stuber / Morillon   →2000

Peugeot #8 (G. Larue) finished 12th in up to 1100cc class at RMC.

Peugeot #8 (G. de Lavalette) finished 2nd in up to 1100cc class at RMC.