Family load carriers didn’t come more practical or spacious than Peugeot’s big 504 Estate. It came in two versions, a five seater with a fold down rear seats and the seven seat Family Estate with an extra row of seats which came at the expense of a much smaller luggage area. Both had a longer wheelbase than the saloon but were mechanically the same apart from the rear suspension. On the Estate this was a coil sprung beam axle which was chosen in favour of the saloon’s independent set up. Exciting these cars weren’t. Their 1971 cc four cylinder engines produced 93 bhp, which gave just about 100mph, and if you want for the diesel version the performance was even more plodding. No, these cars sold to sensible people who wanted dependability, refinement and practically, with more than six feet of load space even in the seven seater version with the rearmost seat folded. When they bought a 504 Estate, they got exactly what they wanted.
The 504 showed how tough it was on events like the East African Safari, and the model was a best seller in all the really tough motoring territories of the world. The 504 Estate was an important and big selling car for Peugeot, as is demonstrated by the length of its production like, and one that came at the right time for the company.