Nigeria has certainly changed a lot. Nowadays, the streets are flooded with cars. 40 years ago, there were not that many on the roads of Nigeria. If you or your parents happened to live through that period and drove even an economic car, you would certainly turn some heads. Many decades after, having a car is no longer considered a luxury, though you'd be somewhere in the middle-class if you drive one.
This used to be a car that 80s Nigerian men endorsed
Fast forward to today, I think it's safe to say that more than one-quarter of the whole Nigeria can afford a wheeled-vehicle. The question has changed from what vehicles you are driving to what KIND of cars you are driving? Feel nostalgic yet? Let us bring back another memory from the good old days. If you were born before the 90s, there were too many things that have gone away that you wish would come back. One of them could be those old car models, which you used to endorse so much that posters and photos of the car would be all over your walls.
Peugeot 504 and 505
Today, we are talking about the Peugeot, specifically the 504 model and its "sibling", the 505. When first introduced to the public in 1968, it was so successful that there were more than four hundred thousand units manufactured and sold. Funnily, the Peugeot 504 and the 505 phenomena reached Nigeria too late. Do you know that Nigeria was actually the last country to mass-produce those models before the models were discontinued by its manufacturer? Food for thought!
We love it so much there were nearly half a million vehicles produced
A little bit on the technical side, this car came with 5 variants:
- 3 2-door models,
- 1 5-door estate
- 1 4-door saloon.
Speaking for myself, I think this car was perfectly designed, as some of them might be seen, still operational on the roads of Nigeria today. I mean, how many cars from more than 40 years ago can you see on the road today? Not many, I would dare to guess.
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Origins of the Peugeot 504 and 505
A little fun fact; this car was designed by Peugeot, an automaker that originated from France. This is one of the countries with the highest concentrations of black people in Europe. Maybe Nigerians and the French have a thing for each other? Who knows...what do you think?
See this video of the car braving the desert:
To give you a perspective of this car, this is it driving through the great desert Sahara
Cool, huh. I hope this trip to nostalgia made your day!
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