Peugeot 505 (1979 – 1993) Review

Peugeot 505 (1979 – 1993) At A Glance


+Fast and entertaining to drive in Turbo and V6 form, a bit lethargic when powered by diesel, outstanding comfort, eight seats in the Family estate

-Saloons have almost all disappeared, estates have fared better, if you want one be prepared to buy in left-hand drive

The Peugeot 505 was the second 'all-new' model to be spun-off the 504's platform following the 604 in 1975. Like that car, the 505 was very conservatively styled, with a low-key almost anonymous look that helped make sure it failed to stand out in the executive car class. And that's a shame because, once again, this was a typically excellent Peugeot from a driving standpoint.

Still, it achieved international success on the back of endurig popularity in Africa. As a result, it's one of the most recognisable and rugged saloons on the planet. The main reason for the car’s success in developing countries was its ability to handle rutted and very poor road surfaces; the 505 was produced in Nigeria until 2006, although European production stopped in 1993 when it was made redundant by the smaller 405 and the larger 605.

The diesel 505s were always the biggest sellers in Europe, and if you opted for the estate (launched later in 1982) it could be fitted with a third row of seats, giving room for eight people. But the star of the range in the UK was the 130bhp GTI version, which was both fast and sure-footed. In France the Turbo Injection model went BMW-baiting, while the smooth V6 also made for an impressive, albeit thirsty, all-rounder.

Ask Honest John

How much do you think my Peugeot 505 diesel is worth?

"I have a 1981 Peugeot 505 turbo diesel that needs some work. The car belonged to Lucas Film company George Lucas. My intention was to restore it, but could not finish work. What do you think should be a good value for the car?"
While there's no doubt that the Peugeot 505 was an excellent family motor, they haven't quite reached the status of a 'nailed on' classic... yet. They are, however, an extremely rare modern classic and come to market so infrequently that getting a steer on prices is difficult. While we can't specifically value your car, we can tell you that we saw a 505 GTI advertised recently for around £2750. The very best examples of the breed can go for around £4000. So you need to decide if you think that the cost of the restoration will be worth the enjoyment you get from the vehicle, or the price you think you could sell it for.
Answered by Keith Moody
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