1939 Peugeot 402

B Coach Découvrable


  • Baujahr 
  • Kilometerstand 
    1 000 km / 622 mi
  • Automobiltyp 
    Cabriolet / Roadster
  • Chassisnummer 
  • Losnummer 
  • Lenkung 
  • Zustand 
  • Innenfarbe 
  • Innenausstattung 
  • Anzahl der Türen 
  • Zahl der Sitze 
  • Standort
  • Außenfarbe 
  • Getriebe 
  • Antrieb 
  • Kraftstoff 


Serial number 80630
Rare discoverable version
Nice restoration condition
French title

The Peugeot 402 is the result of an aesthetic revolution in passenger vehicles in Europe brought about by the United States and the appearance of the "Streamline Modern", a late branch of Art Deco which is translated as "liner style" in France. In fact, it was in 1934, on the other side of the Atlantic that the Chrysler Airflow was born, the first production car to take a real interest in aerodynamics, a clear break with the bodywork of the 1920s. The Peugeot 402 was presented to the public at the Paris Motor Show in 1935; its tapered bodywork with inflated wings, sloping windscreen and headlights behind the grille gave it the nickname of the "Sochaux spindle".
We owe this car to the work of Henri Thomas who was then in charge of the bodywork studies department at Peugeot and who wanted to make a car capable of facing fierce competition illustrated by the arrival of the first Traction Avant at Citroen which made the effect of a bomb in the national market. For reasons of economy, the lion brand built the 402 on a rigid "Bloctube" chassis which was already installed on the previous models, adding independent suspension at the front and leaf springs at the rear.
On the mechanical side, Peugeot knows how to defend itself by offering a 4-cylinder rocking engine of 1991 cm3 developing 55 horsepower transmitted to the ground by a 3-speed gearbox, the second and third gears of which are synchronised; some versions of the 402 will even be equipped with a semi-automatic gearbox with Cotal electric control.

Peugeot was the first manufacturer to offer a "coupé-cabriolet" system on its models. After the 601, Peugeot repeated its offer on the 402 by putting an eclipse version with an electric removable roof in the catalogue in 1936 and then a manual one in 1937 after having judged that this manipulation was unreliable and too energy consuming.

In 1938, the 402B replaced the 402. While the models are very similar, the engine's displacement and horsepower output increases (2142 cc and 63 hp), and it also gets a front grille and a more prominent rear trunk that allows the spare wheel to be loaded inside. Peugeot even worked hard to make a first car with a sporty feel with the light 402B, which adopted the bodywork of the smaller, lighter 202, coupled to the B's 2142 cm3 engine, which enabled it to reach a speed of 135 km/h.

The sporty character of the 402 cannot be evoked without mentioning the existence of the 402 Darl'mat, 105 of which are produced in the form of a roadster and coupé. It was during the 1937 Le Mans 24 hours race that three Darl'mats were entered, finishing in 7th, 8th and 10th place in the classification, a great feat for the Sochalian brand, whose team managed to remain intact from start to finish.

This 1939 Peugeot 402B underwent a beautiful aesthetic restoration with a new creamy beige paint replacing the old green paint and a major upholstery work carried out in 2013 by Alex Main, a company specialising in pre-war vehicle upholstery in Vichy. For a total of €7,500, the interior was covered in chocolate-coloured leather as well as the door panels, new made-to-measure carpets were laid on the floor in a colour matching the bodywork and the soft top was also changed to the same colour as the seats. The company also took care of the trunk lining and the chocolate leather soft top cover.
The current owner purchased this 402B in 2016 after the aesthetic restoration. He is very attached to his car and has taken great care of it and participated in many historic rallies with it. A mechanical overhaul as well as some small improvements, including the replacement of the exhaust manifold, water pump and the addition of a water temperature gauge, make this car reliable and pleasant to drive. Its 65 horsepower engine purrs in a very pleasant sound and invites you to take a ride on country roads.
Today in very good condition, this 402 has all the original Robry chrome accessories that the owner doesn't hesitate to make shine as well as the bumpers and the grille whose lion proudly stands above it regained its original colours. Our Peugeot 402 is equipped with aluminium rims, an original option in perfect condition, which blend pleasantly with the colour of the bodywork.
Rare specimen in this state, the various clubs and enthusiasts only count less than ten discoverable coaches registered in France. This desirable version of the Peugeot 402 with quality restoration deserves the attention of amateurs and collectors.