History of the Peugeot 202
The Peugeot 202 is a supermini manufactured and produced by Peugeot. The 202 was manufactured between 1938 and 1942 and again restarted in mid-1946 following a brief manufacturing run of 20 in early 1945. It was marketed until 1949 when it was superseded by the 203. With the body gone, one striking feature of the 202's chassis was the placement of the battery, which was situated below and ahead of the radiator, which was handily located forward of the engine. The streamlined sloping front grill, shared with the manufacturer's bigger models introduced in the late 1930s, such as the Peugeot 402, enabled this layout, which made examination or replacement of the battery extremely simple.
The 202 was powered by a 1133 cc water-cooled engine that produced 29 horsepower at 4000 rpm and reached a top speed of around 62 mph. At a period when the most obvious opponent, the freshly launched Renault Juvaquatre, was still powered by a side-valve engine unit, fuel was fed through overhead valves. Power was sent to the rear wheels via a three-speed manual gearbox with synchromesh on the top two gears. By the end of manufacturing, 104,126 had been constructed.