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    A 203 discussion thread in honour of the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the 203 in Australia. My first comment is a philosophical one - 70 years is in fact a long time and the 203's are getting old. Yet they are still useable on Australian country roads if not in the pressure cooker cities and are recognizable as an earlier version of modern cars. Go back 70 years from 1949 and we find 1879 where the internal combustion engine was not even a concept. The difference in life between 1879 and 1949 was far greater than the difference between 1949 and 2019. Even though some things may seem increasingly strange to us old folk.
    As the cars age so do the owners and we need to give thought to educating and encouraging a new generation of enthusiasts.

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    The first three 203's imported into Australia would have been made around this time in 1949 to make Victorian registration in July. Peugeot were under government orders to export half their production, Australia was considered a hard currency market. So Alec Chapman got priority treatment. It was one thing to get the agency for Australia, but to import stock another. Firms often took continental car agencies and didn't import stock. Like Joubert with Panhard. CCM were a conservative company and had survived by conservative management. They weren't going to authorise imports until the company saw the cars in the flesh and assessed them. The market for right hand drive vehicles was Sweden and British Africa. Not sure if the 203 was shipped to Sweden as it gets no period mention. Britain banned the import of private cars until 1951 and the 203 didn't go on sale there until 1952. The earliest RHD I know of is a June 1949 production in South Africa. That would fit with RHD runs beginning at the end of March. The car had gone on sale at the end of Feb 1949 and serial numbers indicate only about 1000 cars had been produced to that point. Australia was to be the main RHD market.

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