The annual Citroen Rendezvous isn’t all about Citroens, as every year a number of other French cars make an appearance, most of them from Poozhoe Province. And last year showgoers were treated to a bumper crop of Peugeots, which included the 604, 504, and 406 cars. While we’re all used to 505 sedans, at least those of us living in regions where they were actually sold until they all sort of melted/shorted out, we’re probably not used to seeing them in club concours condition, which is what this lovely 505 STX example from Quebec happened to be in.
Even though this 505 wears European glasses, the STX was actually a US-market trim level, which was available only from 1987 till 1989. In the US the 505 was offered in a bunch of trim levels that the rest of the world didn’t receive, as well as a truncated choice of engines. The STX trim featured the 2.8 liter V6, straight out of the automotive hit parade powered by the much maligned PRV engine. Yes, that V6.
Things weren’t all that bad, as the STX appears to be one of the best-represented trim levels to have survived on our roads into the 21st century. Perhaps that had something to do with the timing of 505 sales, which seemed to hit a high point just when the STX appeared in 1987. This was a rather plush trim level for the 505, just below the GLX which is nowhere to be found, and comparable to similarly equipped Volvos of the time.
This example appeared to be excellent condition when it appeared at the 2012 edition of the Citroen Rendezvous, just outside Saratoga Springs, NY. The fact that it lives in Quebec perhaps makes it a fair weather classic, which doesn’t surprise me in the least. I’m uncertain as to just what kinds of modifications the Canadian-market 505s came with, as most of the ones I have seen were cars that were originally sold in America. A number of people I spoke to regarding Canadian-market 505s indicated that the cars were identical to US-spec models, and photographic evidence of remaining Peugeots in Canada seems to confirm this, at least as it concerns headlights and bumpers. And despite what one might think about Peugeot’s popularity in Quebec, some first-hand reports suggest that their numbers there were seemingly on par with elsewhere in Canada (which means there weren’t that many really).
Despite what you might expect, Quebec was not exactly a hot spot for French machinery during the 1970s and 1980s. In fact, there were just a handful of Peugeot dealers in eastern Canada. Most of the cars they sold have since disappeared, as the Acadian climate is not particularly appreciative of older European sedans. In fact, it’s a minor miracle just to find a Volvo of similar vintage in Quebec, which seems to be filled almost exclusively with late model Japanese econoboxes. So the 505 is perhaps an even more exotic find on the streets of Montreal than on the streets of New York. Though, having said that, last time I was in Montreal I was almost run over by a later-model Peugeot 306 hatch. But that’s a story for another time.
So dig out that beret you bought at a gift shop in Paris, and make plans for Citroen Rendezvous today.
See the full gallery from Citroen Rendezvous 2012 below:
[Images: Copyright 2013 Hooniverse/Jay Ramey]