A Century of Cars: 81. Norev 1968 Peugeot 504 Injection
The 504 was noted for its robust body
structure, long suspension travel, and torque tube drive shaft —
enclosed in a rigid tube attached at each end to the gearbox housing
and differential casing, relieving drive train torque reactions. The
504 ultimately achieved widespread popularity in far-flung
rough-terrain countries — including Brazil, Argentina, Australia,
Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Benin, Kenya and Nigeria.
More than three million 504s were manufactured in its European production, with production continuing globally under various licensing arrangements — including 27,000 assembled in Kenya and 425,000 assembled in Nigeria, using knock-down kits — with production extending into 2006.
Having debuted as Peugeot's flagship at the 1968 Paris Salon, the 504 received the 1969 European Car of the Year. In 2013, the LA Times called it 'Africa's workhorse'.