Classic Car Catalogue

Peugeot 1955

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



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   fail. -