Time for a little Peugeot.

Or maybe not. Meet the Syrena 104.

Pic by Cezary Piwowarski - Own work

Made in Warsaw by Fabryka Samochodów Osobowych, mercifully called FSO, the 104 was one of a series of Syrenas which were made from 1957 to 1983. Models 100 to 103 had a twin cylinder two stroke, but the 104 was treated to an 842cc triple, also a two stroke.

Looked like this.

Persons familiar with various Wartburgs, Saabs and Auto Unions might recognise it. It’s yet another variation of a prewar DKW engine with individual coils and thermosyphon cooling which required a radiator mounted high and at the back and to go with that a rear mounted fan.

The sharp eyed will notice suicide doors, which continued until the 105 of 1972. If there’s a car which used suicide doors after 1972 and before the modern ones like various Royces I can’t think of it.

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