This is a Peugeot 405.

This isn’t. It’s a Hillman Hunter, a similarly sized but rwd car made in the UK by the Rootes group, later Chrysler UK. Exotically, that’s a Lancia Beta behind it. Not many of those left. The white car to our right is a Triumph Stag.

This isn’t quite a Hunter. It’s a Paykan, a licence built version from Iran. Note the funny numbers, which are Arabic. Oddly our numbers are called Arabic too.

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The Iranians wanted to update the ancient Paykan but wouldn’t rise to an actual new model as they wanted something cheap.

Enter a touch of Frankenstein in the form of the Peugeot ROA.

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Looks just like a 405. Nothing to see here. Nothing like the Paykan either.

But what’s this?

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It’s a longitudinal engine. But the 405 was fwd. What on earth?

The ROA is the body of an unsuspecting 405 glued on to the running gear of a Paykan. It was made until 2011. Interestingly, the Iranians still make a version of the actual, fwd 405 as the Peugeot Pars.