Peugeot 504 von Joost Lieshout, Utrecht (NL)
Nachdem ich im Internet durch Zufall Joost Lieshouts hervorragende 504-Ressource ausfindig gemacht hatte (Joost hat einen ganzen Fuhrpark 504er bei sich zu Hause, den man auf seiner Seite bewundern kann!), habe ich Joost eine Mail geschickt und ihn auf meine Seite "eingeladen" verbunden mit der Bitte, doch mal eine kleine Geschichte über seine 69er 504 Limousine, die ich dort entdeckt hatte, zu verfassen. Schon am nächsten Tag fand ich in meiner Mailbox die folgende Story, die ich euch natürlich nicht vorenthalten möchte...
there. I'm Joost Lieshout from Utrecht, the Netherlands. I was invited by
Michael to show you here one of my 504's along with a little story ...
I had been driving another 504 A01 (I imported from Bremen, Germany) which
unfortunately crashed just a few months later, I decided to call her up to
ask if the car was still there. Wow, she must have thought there was a layer
of gold under the blue paint cause she wanted 6.000 Euro! (Very good 504s
did around 2.500 Euro at that time) Although I didn't want to buy it in a
thousand years for that price I showed interest just because I wanted to
have a look at such an old 504. The car however was parked in a shabby
garage she said, and because of the cold, the doors were frozen and could
not be opened. She advised me to call back in spring. Then in the following
months my own life changed completely and before I knew I was living in
Mexico for the next couple of years and I completely forgot about the blue
1997. We planned to come back for a summer break to the Netherlands and
realized that we had no transport available go get us around. I was browsing
the internet and was going through my most recent Peugeot magazines and
damned... the 504 was still for sale, but now via a Peugeot dealer as
intermediary. I immediately called the garage of which I happened to know
the owner. He told me and promised me that the car was in reasonable shape,
and was not rusty at all. The price had also dropped and after some
backstopping at home I told him that he could call the owner that the car
was sold to me.
how to trace someone's nephew in the Netherlands from Mexico. I can't
remember, but succeeded. He only wanted to sell again at a ridiculous price;
and what was even worse, he mounted a Liquefied Petrol Gas installation and
also threw away the original interior, because he didn't like it. Hell !!
you can imagine that I couldn't wait much longer to go on summer-break and
drive the 504. It served us nicely during the summers of 1997 to 2000. Then,
back in Holland we decided not to use it anymore but for some short trips
and give it a complete overhaul and restoration. This all happened in 2001
and the result you can see on the pictures. Despite its condition, lots of
parts had to be replaced, and it took me months to get a good and original
interior. Just recently the LPG installation was removed as well.
The 504 is now in an
excellent and original condition, but we are definitely the only people who
paid that much for a 504 saloon in the whole world...