Rare Peugeot models gather for annual meet

A large collection of rare Peugeot models gathered in Southampton earlier this month (July 2014) for a showcase of the brand's design heritage. The annual International Peugeot Meeting brought together more than 120 classic vehicles from the French brand, and all cars were owned by members of the l'Aventure Peugeot, the manufacturer's heritage arm.

Owners present at the meet were not just from Britain, but travelled from France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Italy. After gathering at a hotel on the south coast, the owners had the opportunity to admire each other's Peugeot models and enjoy a traditional British cream tea – fitting for the event's theme of 'Best of British'.

The classic car enthusiasts then took their vehicles through the New Forest and to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, where the general public had the chance to observe and admire the assembled Peugeots.

Xavier Peugeot, Peugeot's director of product and president of l'Aventure Peugeot, commented on the importance of looking to the automaker's history when developing new models. "I like looking backwards but only if we can use it for the future," he commented.

“The 402 Eclipse is a good example. It was very innovative when it was launched. It proved that Peugeot had a vision for the future very early on. I don't know why it took us such a long time between doing the 402 Eclipse and the 206 Coupé Cabriolet! What I do know is that looking at our heritage can make us more credible and stronger."

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