Things You Didn’t Know About Peugeot

Here at V12 we have a wide range of vehicles and brands to choose from. After all, every client is different which means that one model just isn’t going to cut it. Peugeot is a car manufacturer that began its life in the 19th century as part of Groupe PSA and has since evolved into several different divisions including Peugeot Motorcycles, Peugeot Cycles and Peugeot Sport. Read on to find out a few things you may have not known about Peugeot…

Peugeot is a French company

Apart for avid car admirers, the everyday driver may not recognise that Peugeot is actually a French company that was founded by a man named Armand Peugeot in the early 19th century and whilst it wasn’t until the late 1800’s when the vehicles hit our roads, we couldn’t imagine the industry without them today. In fact, Groupe PSA sells a range of automobiles under the Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall brands.

It first started out as a Coffee Mill

Interestingly, Peugeot began trading as a coffee mill in 1810 which means that it didn’t even make cars when it was first started despite now being one of the world’s oldest car manufacturers. Two French brothers called jean Pierre and Jean Pierre II turned their fathers old grain mill into a steel factory which produced coffee grinders, springs and even umbrella frames. It was after a meeting with engineer Gottlieb Daimler that Armand developed an interested in automobile manufacturing.

The very first Peugeot car only had three wheels

Whilst the Peugeot vehicles of today are equipped with two wheels on either side, the very first model was a three wheeled steam powered vehicle. It was designed by a man named Léon Serpollet in 1889 and only four were made before the idea of steam power, which was bulky and had a long warm up time, was abandoned in favour of petrol fuel and four wheels!

Here at V12 Sports and Classics we like to ensure that our customers are purchasing the vehicle that will benefit them the best. After all, Peugeot may not manufacturer some of the most powerful cars in the world but the French company makes some of the most fuel efficient city vehicles around. Just take the Peugeot 107 model as an example! If you’re in the market for used cars, get in contact with a member of the V12 team today and let us help!