Finding new vintage bicycle catalogues is a joyous occasion, especially when they feature a bike in my collection. I really love vintage Peugeot bicycles – they are particularly enjoyable due to their emphasis on rider comfort, as you can see depicted in the drawing above.
I restored this 1940’s Peugeot without knowing its date of manufacture. The bike came to me with many missing parts, including a missing wheelset and fenders.
One of the things that made me want to restore this incomplete collection of parts into a complete bicycle was the presence of the two original keys to the fork lock – very unusual, given that many other parts were missing.
This 1947 Peugeot Mixte is built with high end Vitus Rubis tubing, with an H75623 serial number. A while back a Canadian cyclist contacted me with a Peugeot Serial Number spreadsheet which indicated that this bike was a rare 1947 model. I reviewed his analysis and agreed with his conclusion.
But that was before I had any 1947 Peugeot catalogues. Now, with the the 1947 catalogue newly available, I believe that the bike is indeed a 1947 model. – the PHL 55 model depicted above, and not the other mixte offered in 1947 – the PRD model.
Many thanks to the BikeBoomPeugeot site for sharing this catalog – this site is a wonderful resource for Peugeot enthusiasts. The 1947 catalog features many interesting bicycles from the post WWII era after France was liberated and bicycle production in France was once again underway.