THE BOTOWN PEUGEOT 203 IN SALTHILL ON A VERY WET WINDY DAY
When I first saw this I thought that it was an American car.
Last year when I was in Galway I visited the Creole BBQ & Grill Restaurant at 49 Lower Dominick Street and I was very impressed. On Tuesday of this week I was looking forward to having a meal and the Creole but on arrival I discovered that it was no longer in business but I noticed a new restaurant at No. 57. BoTown is the name but as is it is a burger restaurant I was not really interested in visiting.
As you can see from my photographs a Peugeot 203 is parked in Salthill to advertise the BoTown Restaurant.
The 203 was the first monocoque bodied production Peugeot.The car bore a marked resemblance to the American Chevrolet Fleetline fastback, although its wind cheating profile also reflected the streamlining trend apparent in some of Europe’s more modern designs, including some of Peugeot’s own 402 model, from the 1930s.
The 4-door saloon was the major seller, but from 1950 a commodious 4-door version (Commerciale) and a 6-seat (Familiale), with three rows of seats, were also offered on a wheelbase lengthened by 20 cm (7.9 in) to 278 cm (109 in). By taking the trouble to extend the wheelbase for the estate and family versions, the company set a pattern which they would follow with several succeeding generations of large family Peugeot estates such as the 404 and 504.