1957 Peugeot 403

Cabriolet Darl'mat

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1957
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Lot number 
    25
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Black
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

French title
Chassis no. 2118854

- The one and only 403 Cabriolet Darl'mat
- Completely restored by Lecoq in 2013
- Continuous history

The Peugeot 403 was presented to Peugeot's dealers on 20 April 1955 at the Trocadéro. Its modern engine, developed from the 203, kept its 'Alpax' cylinder head with hemispherical combustion chambers, guaranteeing an excellent power output. It was also the first Peugeot with a convex windscreen. The car resulted from Peugeot's collaboration with the leading coachbuilder Pinin Farina, who designed the cabriolet version introduced at the Paris Motor Show in October 1956.

The 403 cabriolet presented here is exceptional in more ways than one. Of the 2500 cabriolets built, it was the only one to receive Emile Darl'mat's special treatment. Ordered when it was officially presented in Paris, it left the factory at La Garenne Colombes on 16 May 1957 to be delivered directly to Darl'mat's premises in the 7th arrondissement of Paris and then to its first owner. Darl'mat decided not to modify the bodywork but to install an engine which was originally intended for a coupé. The changes were thus limited to the engine and the addition of a rev counter, as had been the case for the 203 Darl'mat and the five 403 coupés. In 1986, after covering more than 450,000 km (280,000 miles) it underwent a major overhaul and a light restoration. In 2013, the car was sent to Lecoq in Saint-Ouen for a full restoration. It kept its original metallic dark grey colour, with a most attractive beige leather interior.
A road test enabled confirmed its extra power (20 bhp more than a standard cabriolet), balanced handling and, of course, its elegant looks.
It is thus a unique model, which remained in the ownership of the same family from the time it was bought new until it was completely restored in 2013 by Lecoq, who sets the standard in the field, and has been perfectly maintained ever since. An exceptional car for any collector.

For more information and photos: https://www.artcurial.com/fr/lot-1957-peugeot-403-cabriolet-darlmat-3980-25

Photos © Dirk de Jager