The black 4 door 1957 Peugeot 403 Sedan was up for Auction at Turners Damaged Vehicles in Penrose on 29th March 2012.
It was listed as having an 1800 cc engine, however the standard engine size for a 57 sedan was only 1468cc.
Condition was described as rear damage but still driveable with a key still available.
The Autotrader add showed a price estimate of $1,500 and 68 views of the page.
It seems likely that this is the same car advertised in the March 2012 Peugeotex.
That car also had rear damage, and as Vero considered it too expensive to fix, they wrote it off and deregistered it! The owner was able to find most of the parts to complete the repair and about $1,000 of chassis work was required.
A quick check indicated that there were just over 30 cars listed as Peugeot 403s with live registration in early 2011, but the figure may be a bit higher as a few of the Peugeots of that era did not have their model numbers listed. It looks like this might have been one of the earliest 403s still with live registration prior to the accident. There is one 1955 model, a possibly one other 57 (the model is not specified) before this one.
Hopefully it went to an enthusiast.
The car was again up for sale at Turners on 5 April 2012.
A phone call to NZTA revealled that it was deregistered on 30 March 2012.
What happened? Perhaps it sold, was deregistered and then the buyer failed to complete the deal?
Unfortunately, the result is the the original 1957 plate is no longer valid for the car, a significant loss in value in some people’s view.