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Lot 593: Peugeot 504 2.0-Litre Cabriolet

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

This unique Peugeot 504 Cabriolet was first owned by Mr Hugh Ross, a British diplomat living in Monaco, who commissioned the celebrated Parisian coachbuilder, Henri Chapron, to refashion it to his personal specification. There is a large history file containing correspondence and invoices from the Peugeot factory, distributors Sodexa and Henri Chapron showing that Mr Ross paid FF62,595 for the car, to which Chapron's enhancements added a further FF60,181! Chapron gave the car special two-tone colour scheme, adding brown to the original black, which is repeated on the wheels. The seats and interior side panels were trimmed in matching brown leather and a tonneau cover made in the same material as the original hood. Replaced in 1990, the hood remains in 'like new' condition. A 2cm-high, hand-painted reproduction of the Ross family's coat of arms was applied to both doors. A ceiling light was fitted at the rear-view mirror, and the car also features a special hardtop made by previous owner Marc de Coninck, equipped with a heated rear window and interior lights. The additional driving lights are original Peugeot, fitted by the company's agent in Nice. The current vendor bought the Peugeot in October 1992 and registered the car in Holland in 1993, since when it has seen little use. It has never been restored and remains in highly original condition, including some minor damage to the right front wing and rear bumper, inflicted by the elderly Mr Ross. A unique 'one off', this very special car comes with the aforementioned history, numerous maintenance invoices, copies of Monegasque and French Cartes Grises, and Netherlands registration papers.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
Lot Number593
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
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Condition rating0
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Chassis numberVF3504B12C3699505
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