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Spotted in China: Peugeot 504 pickup in a Sorry State

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Here we have a very special Chinese vehicle; the Peugeot 504 four-door pickup truck, a China-only model made by the Guangzhou-Peugeot joint venture that made Peugeots in China from 1985 to 1997. The four-door pickup was developed by the joint venture exclusively for the Chinese car market. The four-door pickup was based on the two-door pickup, which was also made by the joint venture. The two-door pickup in turn was based on the French-Peugeot two-door pickup that was sold in southern Europe and North Africa.

Peugeot 504 pickup China

Even after the joint venture ended local production of the two pickups and a 504 wagon continued, with some kinda blessing from Peugeot, all da way until 2000. The 504 was powered by a 2.0 4-cylinder with 79kw and 161nm good for a claimed 160km/h top speed. 0-100 took 14 seconds.

Peugeot 504 pickup China

I found this beauty in a very sad and clearly abandoned state somewhere in southern Beijing. I was covered by a thick layer of dust, no air in its tires, and rust all over. It was parked on a small parking lot near a park with a lotta other abandoned cars around, all together a very sad sight.

Peugeot 504 pickup China

The fact that this 504 pickup shows up all the way north in Beijing is a miracle by itself. Most pickup didn’t move that far from the production base in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, in the very south of China.

Peugeot 504 pickup China

Beijing-plate. I was standing there, in the cold, thinking about finding the owner and restore the damn thing to the proud car it once was. Wife said no.

Peugeot 504 pickup China


Peugeot 504 pickup China

Goodbye, good car.

Peugeot 504 pickup China

A better example on a rainy day.

Peugeot 504 pickup China

The two-door 504 pickup. This is a 2000-model and it was for sale for 7000 yuan in 2007, the ad still stands, the whereabouts of the car are sadly unknown…

If anyone reading this knows more about the 504 pickup truck made in China, please let me know in the comments.


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  1. This is a fascinating find, thanks for sharing.

    I unfortunately did not spot 504s in China, but I saw a couple of Chinese-built 505s in Beijing.

    Would you agree that the car scene is more diverse in Beijing than elsewhere in China? That’s the impression I left with.

  2. I would agree, indeed. All Chinese car makers have a presence in Beijing, because it is the capital, so that counts for some of the diversity. furthermore, all the embassies, about 200, are allowed to import whatever car they want, see you can actually see Iranian cars here and other strange stuff. the beijing taxi-fleet is also less ‘one-car’ than in other cities. in shanghai its only shanghai-volkswagen, in tianjin only tianjin-faw. in beijing mostly beijing-hyundai but also loads of jetta’s, fukang’s and others.

  3. My mother is kind enough to always take pictures of odd cars when she’s abroad – she took a picture of one of these four-door 504 pickups in Brazil! I cannot find any evidence of the four-door pickup ever having been built in Argentina, so it almost has to be Chinese-made. I will upload the shots in question to Wikipedia asap.

  4. Travelling in China in 1986, we noted many 504 wagons in Beijing, as well as lots of VW Santanas. Did not see any 504 or 505 utilities though. I spotted a tidy 505 sedan in Kunming in 2007 as well. It was in the airport carpark and was clearly being used. These were very comfortable cars to travel in. Did the JV ever use the diesel engine from Peugeot?


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