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Peugeot 203
Peugeot 203

Passenger rear-drive small car that was produced by the French company Peugeot, was manufactured at the plant in Sochaux during 1948-1960 years. Peugeot 203 was the first new product of the company after the war. Until 1954, it was the only one model of Peugeot company. Integral body, overhead valve engine with capacity of 1290 cc and hemispherical combustion chambers, independent front suspension, rack and pinion steering and hydraulic brake system have become special features of the car.

During twelve years of the production the world saw 686 000 cars of this model. Popularity of Peugeot 203 has given a rise not only to passenger sedans and convertibles, but also to the cargo versions: combi, pickup and even a van. Despite the radical expansion of the range, the company did not shift the focus from the passenger cars, releasing more new models on the basis of Peugeot 203 until 1955. 

Length of the car is 435 cm, width is161 cm, height is 1.5 m, weight is 940 kg, wheelbase is 258 cm and wheels\' size is 155 for 380. 

Under the hood of Peugeot 203 there is a V-shaped overhead valve engine with hemispherical combustion chambers. Its volume (1.29l) remained unchanged, but the capacity was increased from the original 41 hp up to 44 hp in 1955. The maximum speed has also increased from the original 115 km / h (71mph) to 120km / h (72mph). Originally fuel consumption was equal to 7.7 liters per 100 kilometers, but later it has changed to 11-12 liters per 100 km. 

The car was equipped with four-speed manual transmission, which underwent a major change in 1954. The company started to set it with a synchronizer. This innovation has greatly increased convenience of gear change and gave a second wind to Peugeot 203. 

The reliability and simplicity of design are keys to the sport success of Peugeot 203. In 1953, the 203rd won the prestigious Italian Mille Miglia race in the class of cars with an engine capacity of 1000-1300 cc. One year later Jack Feeney excelled in the class of to the \"Safari Rally\", and in 1957, 1959 repeated his success. Victory of conventional serial car prompted the company to create a sports division of Sochaux, which has been preparing rally cars. 

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