CLASSIC PEUGEOT RESTORATION
SFM Automotive are specialists in the restoration of classic Peugeots. Yearly servicing, untimely repairs, part and full restorations are undertaken with constant attention to detail and with professional workmanship throughout on both classic and modern vehicles. Not only is your vehicle reliability important to us but we also understand the significance of 'originality' in cars as well as detailed history of work carried out on your classic investment. SFM Automotive understands that owning a classic car is a passion and realize what support is needed when help is required.
At SFM Automotive your car will be looked after with the utmost care and attention. Feel free to discuss any concern you may have with your vehicle and we will be only too pleased to help. SFM Automotive has a rare expertise and a passionate enthusiasm that translates into high quality workmanship for our customers, whether repairing, restoring or fitting new parts.
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The History Of Peugeot
In 1810, Considered by most to be the Father of Peugeot, Jean-Pierre Peugeot was born in 1734 and over the course of his life, made many forays into industry with a weaving business, a dye works, an oil mill and a grain mill. But it was in 1810 that the Peugeot family business began to put down its engineering roots when Jean-Pierre’s two sons, Jean-Pierre II and Jean-Frédéric, founded Peugeot Frères. They transformed their father’s old grain mill into a steel foundry and turned their engineering skills to a wide range of steel products, making everything from coffee grinders and springs to saws and umbrella frames. The spirit of innovation had been born.
In 1889, Armand Peugeot, grandson of Jean-Pierre, who was fascinated by anything mechanical, led the company in its quest to produce its first motorised vehicle. In 1889, as a result of a collaboration with steam specialist Léon Serpollet, he succeeded. The vehicle was the Serpollet-Peugeot – a steam-powered three-wheeler.
In 1929, Peugeot unveiled its first mass-produced car – the 201. This was the first Peugeot to use the now-iconic numbering system of three digits with a zero in the middle, and marked Peugeot’s passage from small-scale business to mass producer.
In 1962, Peugeot’s interest in mass-market coupés and cabriolets was sparked in 1934 by the success of the Eclipse 401 and 601. Both of these models featured a retractable metal roof designed by automobile designer and hero of the French resistance, Georges Paulin.
In 1983, Peugeot launched the now ubiquitous 205, followed in 1984 by the much-loved 205 GTi. The arrival of the 205 marked the start of Peugeot’s success story in the small car market, and the rally version, the 205 Turbo 16, won two World Rally Championship titles in 1985 and 1986.
In 2010, to mark the bicentenary of the Peugeot brand, the emblematic Peugeot lion changed to reflect a new era. Peugeot’s designers created a simpler, more dynamic logo with a new stance and a new sense of movement. Peugeot also celebrated with several futuristic launches. First, there was the unveiling of the fully electric concept car, the EX1, which is already set to break several world records for acceleration from standstill. Then came the top-of-the-range RCZ coupé, heralded as a design icon thanks to its unusual ‘double bubble’ roof. And finally, the 100% electric car, the Peugeot iOn, arrived on the city scene.
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