08 October 2009
Peugeot Hillclimb Special to make appearance
One of the Franschhoek Motor Museum’s most treasured cars’ will make an appearance at the Knysna Hillclimb on 30 October – 1 November.
The 1939 Peugeot Hill Climb special is an excellent example of the so-called Specials built by South African motorsport enthusiasts to take part in races on the old Palmietfontein, Grand Central, Eerste River and Pietermaritzburg race tracks.
A wide variety of chassis were used and an even wider variety of engines and gearboxes were insinuated into those chassis, creating weird and wonderful racers like John Hanning’s Aston-Nash and this Peugeot Special, which was built by John Tout in 1948 and 1949.
The basis for the Peugeot Hillclimb Special was a 1939 Peugeot 402, which Tout had bought from a scrap dealer. He removed the body, shortened the chassis and changed the springs from semi-elliptic to quarter-elliptic.
A neat body was made by an expert panel beater and the engine was reconditioned. Dodge brakes, Austin Seven seats, a Jaguar fuel tank, an SS100 radiator and the supercharger from a Mosquito plane were fitted.
Tout raced it without any notable success and sold it. Thereafter it was raced in hill climbing events in the 1950’s.
The car was housed in the Heidelberg Museum from 1975 until its closure and was then relocated to the Franschhoek Motor Museum in 2005.
This superb old lady will not compete in the event in an official capacity, but will partake in demonstration runs on the course on both the Saturday (31 October) and Sunday (1 November) and will also be on display at the Simola Hotel from Friday 30 October.
Shortened Peugeot 402 chassis frame.
Four cylinders, 1991 cm³, supercharged, 2 SU carburetors
Max engine r/min 4000
Cotal pre-selector gearbox giving four forward and four reverse speeds