• Nov 27, 2010

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Given the manner is which demonstrations are put down by the Islamic Republic, populism may not seem like a key element in Iran's political system. But in an effort to gain support from lower classes during his campaign, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rode around in his modest 1977 Peugeot 504. Not an extravagant car by any means, but one that became a symbol for the despotic ruler.

Part of his campaign pledge was to create housing for low-income Iranians, and to that end the president is selling his Peugeot. Proceeds from the car's sale are earmarked to benefit the Mehr housing project. The vintage French sedan is actually registered to the president's wife, but given the association, this particular example is sure to sell for more than the modest sum it would otherwise fetch. Thanks for the tip, zedster!



[Source: Yedioth Ahronoth | Images: Peugeot]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The sad thing here is that this car will be bought by someone who will be proud of it because of it's previous owner, and where it came from. This is where a drone attack is warrented, ( with him in it ).
      • 4 Years Ago
      My parents had a white '77 504D when I was growing up - my dad had a thing about buying oddball makes, and the fact that it was available as a diesel made it impossible for him to resist (although at the time I wished he'd gone for an alfa....). This was between the two "gas crises" of the 70's - there were no lines at the stations for diesel fuel. It was a good-looking (that slope-back trunk grew on you), very reliable and supremely comfortable car. As I learned to drive I was able to borrow it once in a while, and it was my favorite - very smooth and quiet, nice handling.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When I was a child I'd lived in a city here in Brazil near to Argentina and I'd used to see a lot of this car came from there. People... this "aerodinamical-running-to-reverse" rear is pretty ugly... Beyond the 504 there was the smaller - but not less ugly - 404 with the same chamfered butt. Only since the 505 the things became better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      These cars are still used as taxi's in Egypt. seriously, they just keep going!
        • 4 Years Ago
        You don't see them continuously as one did several years ago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My granfather used to have one of those...it was so bad XD as every french car XD
      • 4 Years Ago
      Peugeot 504's remind me of visiting my grandparents and uncles and aunts back in Kenya in the 80's. Back then it seemed like everyone in Kenya owned either a Peugeot or Mercedes Benz, sadly in the late 90's second hand JDM's flooded the market.

      Those 504's lasted forever, plus you were less likely to be kidnapped if you drove one of those, rather than a flashier MB 190 (Land Rovers and Land Cruisers were the domain of Government officials, NGO's, rich European farm owners and their like because their fuel consumption was too high). I remember piling in the back of 504's and going on day safari's to Lake Nakuru! We could never do that in Peugeot 405's because their suspension couldn't take the rutted out trails.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a 73, not a 77
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe all those WMD's are in the trunk? just look how it's sagging.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Man, I don't think that's the actual car
      • 4 Years Ago
      On weekends Autoblog posts off beat stories like this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about he stops stoning women to death first.

      More so, why did autoblog run this garbage about this piece of turd meat?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ironic that just last night I was on Ebay looking for one of these and couldn't find one within 2,000 miles of me. I've had several Peugeots and truly love them.

      I will match the $5 offer of Zaphod and raise it by $2. But that's only if the little murderer comes with it.

      I've got some stones out back that I've been itchin' to use....
      • 4 Years Ago
      That car looks just as angry as he typically does.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I travel, therefore I'm better than you. That means I need to reply to the first comment. Basically, when I was in Egypt last year, most of the taxis were these Peugeots. They're really quite bad ass in person and every time I saw one, all I could think about was buying one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Proceeds from the car's sale are earmarked to benefit the Mehr housing project."

        Hopefully, that "housing project" earmarked to benefit from this Peugeot is not of the "nuclear powered" kind...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I travel, therefore I'm better than you. That means I need to reply to the first comment. Basically, when I was in Egypt last year, most of the taxis were these Peugeots. They're really quite bad ass in person and every time I saw one, all I could think about was buying one.
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