SOTW: Peugeot 406 Coupe

Glamorous Pininfarina lines, V6 power, room to fit three deeply impressed passengers in your cut-price coupe...what's not to like about a Shed-spec 406 coupe?

Well, ignoring the front-drive underpinnings and 406 interior (though I've always harboured an inexplicable affection for the 406 dash and squishy leather upholstery, however rubbish it might actually be), not a lot, really.

And unlike more modern coupes from mainstream manufacturers (the forthcoming Toyobaru BRZ/FT-86 being a notable exception), turn-of-the-Millennium two-doors were what you might call proper coupes, rather than the rakish hatchbacked pseudo-coupes that the likes of VW (Scirocco), Renault (Megane) and Vauxhall (GTC) have been churning out of late.

The 194bhp 3.0-litre is reputedly a lusty performer, too - better than its claimed 0-62mph time of 7.8secs and 142mph top speed suggest, some have said. And it's quite a decent handler, by all accounts, though perhaps more of a GT than a point-to-point master.

Still, that roaring-lion badge is probably going to put off as many people as it attracts (although the allure of Pininfarina might mitigate that somewhat, but if you want a sleek, comfy and moderately luxurious cruiser then you might well fall for the svelte Pug's myriad charms.

This one has done a thoroughly average 128k miles, but it looks in pretty decent nick (well, it does in the photos...) and has a whisker of tax and moderate amounts of ticket left on it. You do get plenty of kit with this one, too, including leather, heated seats, air-con and a JBL six-cd changer system.

Of course, because this is Shed money, you'll also be pleased to learn that it has had a brand-new alternator, four decent tyres and a new exhaust system. And that magic Pininfarina badge...

Kudos to PHer ninos for the cracking spot...

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Peugeot 406 Coupe 3.0 V6
£995 Irvine, North Ayrshire

'X' 2000 Peugeot 406 Coupe 3.0 V6 in Metallic Blue with superb Black Leather Interior, this is a fine example of this soon to be rare sporty classic. It has all the electric extra's including Heated Seats and Air Con and is fitted with a JBL Sound System and a 6 cd auto changer. Taxed until the end of December and Mot'd until April 7th 2012. All the tyres are good and it has recently had a new exhaust system and just had a brand new alternator fitted. I have 2 remote keys for the car.

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  • turnipbmw 17 Nov 2011

    I always think of these as a perfect example of a car that's bought just because of its looks.

    not that there is anything wrong with that !

  • Shaw Tarse 17 Nov 2011

    I'm hoping also comfy to drive?

  • SVX 17 Nov 2011

    So close, but for me the C70 T5 of similar vintage is a better steer.

  • Rob81 17 Nov 2011

    Beautiful car. Should have been a Xantia Activa coupe as originally intended though...!

    Edited by Rob81 on Friday 18th November 00:32

  • MondeoMan1981 17 Nov 2011

    These were available in a bright blue similar to the Fiat Coupe and looked absolutely fantastic in it.

    The 2.2 HDi model is coming down in price now, and what a cracking looking daily steer they would make.

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