► One of our most audacious drives from 1978 ► Can we reach the Sahara in a Peugeot 305? ► Classic travel journalism in CAR+ Click here to read Dash to the desert part 2It is dawn in the Sahara. The car is a Peugeot 305, driven hard from Britain. The task? To see how a modern family saloon copes with a man-sized test… three people, 14 days, 5000 miles and the rugged magnificence that is Morocco in the spring. Pictures by Richard Davies, story by Mel Nichols and Ronald Barker.It seemed the natural thing to do – take the latest Peugeot to North Africa. Peugeots are traditionally tough, well-conceived cars able to cope comfortably with long trips and difficult conditions, and they seem inextricably linked with North Africa – not just because of the link with France in the past but because the 404, in particular, served well enough to become the motorised equivalent of the camel. The 305 doesn’t replace the 404 – the forthcoming 405 does that – but it is very much an everyday family car pitched into the big volume sector of the market (it goes on sale in Britain this month at these prices:… Read full this story
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