Peugeot 201 B - 1933— The most popular Peugeot of the 1930s —
- Model A very popular and appreciated Peugeot at the time. The more innovative B version.
- Anecdote The first Peugeot to adopt the three-digit nomenclature with a zero in the middle.
- Condition A car in overall good and sound condition thanks to an old quality restoration
- Design A Peugeot with a typical design of its time
Launched at the 1929 Paris Motor Show, the 201 helped the Sochaux manufacturer to go through early 1930s economic crisis. While French car production was falling by a third, Peugeot actually increased its sales and profits with the 201.
The model that helped Peugeot to go through the crisis of the 1930s
The 201 was first supposed to be named 629, standing for 6 HP and 1929. But it was finally called 201 and us therefore the very first Peugeot to adopt the then new three-digit naming system with the central zero, which lasted until very recently!
As was the norm at the time, the 201 was offered in a wide range of body styles, catering for a wide variety of uses, both private, with saloon, 4-seater torpedo, coupé and cabriolet models, and also for professional use with commercial and utility variants.
Thanks to its many advantages, the 201 was a considerable commercial success.
In 1933, Peugeot launched a new version, the 201B, equipped with a more rigid “tube block” chassis. The car also adopted an aerodynamic bodywork, with a windscreen grille, wraparound wings, a bonnet with rectangular flanges and “obus” headlights. The new 1.3-litre engine with 28 hp was then fitted.
Simple and proven technology
The 201 was powered by a 1,122 cc side-valve 4-cylinder engine with 23 hp and a three-speed gearbox.
With a weight of around 890 kg, the car reached a top speed of 85 km/h and had a fuel consumption of 8 to 9 litres/100 km.
The Peugeot 201 from the ANNA LISA collection
This Peugeot 201B is in very good condition thanks to an extensive and high quality restoration carried out in the late 1980s. A period invoice for the upholstery, mechanics, braking, steering and bodywork accompanying the car testifies to this.
The engine is not blocked, and even if an original carburettor has to be found, the mechanical restoration seems easy.