Sitting on the back seats are several original posters for the 402. Pencil drawn, they’re very, very different to modern printed Peugeot ads. Where did you get all of these, we ask? “Just eBay. Quite often you can buy photographs of German soldiers with their boots on the running boards because a lot of these would have been requisitioned, you see, by the occupiers in France. And probably not many of them survived as a result of that.”
Is this Tim’s first adventure into the world of French classics? Is the 402 an easy car to live with? “No. I’ve always liked French cars, I’ve had French cars in the past. I’ve had 2CVs, I’ve had Renault 4s, a Renault 17, a Renault 12. That’s about it I think, but always loved French cars. My wife would have preferred me to have bought a Citroen DS I think, but I love the shape of this. It’s just so unique.
“If I did it again I’d probably buy a DS, to be honest. What you find with a pre-war car is parts are really difficult to get hold of, so you have to use a network of begged and borrowed parts. Whereas post-war cars there’s a big source of spares.”