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    Default Original French 205 Rear Window Stickers, ‘205. Un sacré numéro’

    These are the stickers that went on the rear window on 205’s in France in the 80’s and early 90’s. The saying ‘205. Un sacré numéro’ translated in context means ‘205, what a special number’ or ‘205, oh what a number’. Much of the early 205 advertising campaign in France was based upon this theme and strap line as I understand it.

    I have just had some made and have a few spare, professionally made in high quality white vinyl, stuck to the inside of the glass, £8.50 ~ $13.50 each delivered to the Australia if paid for as a PayPal ‘gift’. PM me if you are interested.



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    These will not make your car go any faster but will add a nice authentic French touch to it.
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    I had mine made in Oz by a sticker man for $7.50 at the local markets.

    .. everyone on the net has said special number,or first number but it's french for Unsacred Number.
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    hey mate, i would love one of these. so A$13.50 into your paypal. pm your details, or add me on msn, zachknight94@hotmail.com

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by PugMonkey View Post
    I had mine made in Oz by a sticker man for $7.50 at the local markets.

    .. everyone on the net has said special number,or first number but it's french for Unsacred Number.
    You've left out the space between the words Un and Sacre.
    It means "what a number!"
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    Nuh his is wrong. There should be no space.

    and where does the word "what" come into it. Sacre = sacred & numero = number. I'm still investigating if the "Un" is A Sacred number or Unsacred number. If it is "A sacred Number" then yes I have left the space out.

    ... It's actually Italian

    Un sacre numero = A sacred number

    So yes I have missed the space but the rest is incorrect
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    Quote Originally Posted by PugMonkey View Post
    ... It's actually Italian

    Un sacre numero = A sacred number
    Can't believe the italians would be "excited" about a french car? ...

    Un sacré numéro = Quite a number ?

    Maybe the French used a different saying.


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    This is still the best 205 ad they ever made ...


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    yeah thats all good but doesn't confirm what it translates too
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    Pardon my ignorance, but if it is Italian, wouldn't it be 'Uno sacre numero'?
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    This is a photo I found of a French 205 with the sticker, it definitely shows a space.


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    Listen Guys, I can't hold it it anymore..

    You are trying to translate an "expression" into a word by word sentence. YOU CANT get it right.

    Un sacre numero (with a space) actually translate to something like : " a hard act to follow" or "a famous act" or something along those lines.
    But as it has the word "numero", Peugeot used that for its play on word with the "numero" 205.
    Get it? Please don't argue with that , I am a French national and a Citroen driver: I KNOW what is right

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    This thread is great - keep it going!

    Someone else must have a 'definitive' answer ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by friday403 View Post
    This thread is great - keep it going!

    Someone else must have a 'definitive' answer ....

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    Surely the last post gave that ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrisson_citroen View Post
    ... translate to something like : " a hard act to follow" or "a famous act" or something along those lines.....

    Graham,

    The 'something along those lines' allows for further interpretation.

    [Not nailed yet but it's very close].

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    Quote Originally Posted by friday403 View Post
    Graham,

    The 'something along those lines' allows for further interpretation.

    [Not nailed yet but it's very close].

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    I think he was making the point that it wasn.t exact and was a play on words as well.
    Certainly nothing to do with sacred numbers though.
    The direct translation of sacre is crown.
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    So, So far we have had

    - 205, what a special number
    - 205, oh what a number
    - Unsacred Number.
    - what a number!
    - A sacred number
    - Quite a number
    - a hard act to follow
    - a famous act
    - crown.

    Any others ?

    @ harrison - Bloody french think they know everything about french cars! lol

    This guys going to have so many stickers on his rear window, he won't be able to see out it!

    oi oi !
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    Actually, you know what it translates to?

    "Bloody fun to drive but know one knows what the sticker meens on the back window"!
    ....now watch a Peugeot turn into a corner!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRAHAM WALLIS View Post
    I think he was making the point that it wasn.t exact and was a play on words as well.
    Certainly nothing to do with sacred numbers though.
    The direct translation of sacre is crown.
    Graham
    Exactly right, I am making the point that you CANNOT translate a french colloquialism word by word into an exact english meaning, ie you can translate it into a similar type of idea.
    The closest being "a hard act to follow" but of course the punch line was that "numero" and "205" were included.

    To prove also how trying to translate word for word is useless:
    - you are right SACRE without an accent on the e means CROWN, but SACRE with an accent means Sacred.
    Definitely not sacred number, or even worse Unsacred Number, what a lot of cr@@p
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    Quote Originally Posted by PugMonkey View Post
    Actually, you know what it translates to?

    "Bloody fun to drive but know one knows what the sticker meens on the back window"!
    They do if they're not peasants.
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    « C'est un (sacré) numéro ! »


    C'est quelqu'un qui se fait remarquer.
    C'est une personne bizarre, originale.


    Lorsqu'on joue à un jeu de hasard (mais encore faut-il y jouer), c'est dans l'espoir de tirer le numéro gagnant, celui qui va nous permettre de mettre définitivement les doigts de pieds en éventail, en position du guetteur d'avions, dans un endroit de rêve. Ce numéro-là serait incontestablement un sacré numéro.

    Mais le numéro de notre expression ne nous fera rien gagner[1].
    C'est à partir de 1879 que le mot 'numéro' désigne une partie d'un spectacle de cirque ou de music-hall. Et c'est de là que, par extension et à partir de 1901, une personne qui veut se faire remarquer est devenue un 'numéro'.

    Par contre, le sens de "personne bizarre ou originale", probablement influencé par le sens précédent, semble remonter à une locution du milieu du XIXe siècle, "être un bon numéro", qui voulait dire "être ridicule" et dont l'origine n'est pas précisée
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    I seem to have opened a can if worms here, oops.

    Regardless of what the stickers do and do not say, all I wanted to do really was express the Frenchness of the cars.

    Thanks for all the input everyone, all PMs replied to, I have a couple more stickers left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrisson_citroen View Post
    « C'est un (sacré) numéro !
    French lessons; Is a bush taxi:

    Taxi de brousse, or

    Taxi-brousse ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by friday403 View Post
    French lessons; Is a bush taxi:

    Taxi de brousse, or

    Taxi-brousse ?

    friday403
    une personne qui veut se faire remarquer est devenue un 'numéro'
    "a person who wants to be noticed is now called a "numero", but here in Australia, you called them "tools", don't you?
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    quel un sacré numéro translated is "what a hot number!"

    un sacré numéro translated is "quite a number"

    so basically '205. Un Sacré Numéro' means '205. what a great number'

    i dont see the point of the argument though guys. try google translate

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