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    A DS would be an ideal car for touring and like the Traction is a French icon. I owned a number of them new or a few years old in the UK and reliability was never an issue. However, like the Traction, you are expecting a lot to be driving 10k a year on 50+ year old machinery. They both need maintenance every few thousand kms and the need for adjustment of ignition and carburation of the époque would not be acceptable in today's cars.
    A DS today can be very tired and to get one so well restored as to set he clock back to the 1960's expect to pay at least 20k.
    Anoher factor with both cars is the cost of tyres. The rears last for ever but the fronts are good for 40k and will set you back 600 Euros on the DS.
    That DS is an ID, the spartan version with minimal hydraulic assistance. The interior trim looks tired and the engine smoky. A car for restoration probably.
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    I just noticed that you spelt the name of
    André Lefèbvre
    incorrectly in you description of Célestine !
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    Yes, just like that or better still the previous model. They were at the top of the market in their day whilst the Pug was more middle market. Their image was damaged in the War and Peugeot became a shareholder.
    http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotchkiss
    and

    The Gazoline article is as usual a good guide to buying and restoring.
  4. You mean like this? A 203 on steroids http://www.leboncoin.fr/voitures/208264110.htm?ca=7_s

    Luckily my garagiste is a Pug man - not only is he a dealer and registered Pug garage, but he owns 4 classic of his own - a 304, a404 and a couple of camionettes I didn't quite get the number of.

    I like the 202's, dunno why. Maybe because they are still at a sensible price. A second TA would be prefereable, but have you seen the price of familiales now?

    Simon
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    Bonjour Simon,
    They had a reputation for being a very reliable car but apart from the headlights inside the calandre there is nothing very special about them. If you look at the Depanoto catalogue for the 202 you can see that all the major mechanical parts are available. Gear boxes and back axles are not easy to fix - parts are rare and the body panels ..... you are in the hands of panel beaters to re-manufacture. They are very rare in the casses now and anyway would be rusted out. It's is a low risk second car in my view.
    If I was in the tour business I would try and find a Hotchkiss of the era - very classy interior, smooth ride and posh.
    A pre war panhard with a sleeve valve 6 would by even better but 20 times the price of the 202.
    Buy this article
    http://gazoline.net/documents/article.pcgi?art=658
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