Sep 29, 2017
Dangel is a small french company specialised in 4x4 conversions for regular 2-wheel drive cars, mostly Peugeot and Citroën. Even though Dangels were available to anyone, most were bought by french government agencies that needed vehicles to access remote places on mountains (police, fire fighters, military and so on).
For the 505, they took the regular production car and added a reinforced subframe, new suspension, 4x4 transmission, a transfer gearbox with low/high gear, locking differentials, big wheels and some trim and fender extensions to make it look cooler. The 505 was already a big car and these modifications made it look even bigger.
My father bought his 505 Dangel on a French Embassy auction where they regularly sold the embassy vehicles. He used it mostly for work but it was also a pretty decent family car 1.
It originally had a 70 horsepower 2.3 diesel engine that lacked power and torque, but it was swapped it for the turbo version of the same engine with an additional 10 hp but way more torque, that doesn’t seem like a lot but it made all the difference displacing the 2-ton machine. With its locking differencial and low/high gear it was really good offroad and could handle most of what was thrown at it despite the very long wheelbase.
In the end of its life the car was pretty beat up and had developed a nasty transmission vibration that was difficult to fix because parts were almost impossible to find, so my father ended up selling it.
I was a teenager at the time and I thought it was a really cool car (and I still do). I also learned to drive in it on mountain dirt roads somewhere in Morocco. I loved that car.
- The Dangel only had 5 seats, so it wasn’t as good as the other Peugeot 505 we had that had 7 seats. [return]