I’m curious regarding the rarity of his car. I’ve searched online and received vague results but how rare is his Peugot 403 and why is it so rare? Plus on one site I saw that one studio (Universal?) has two of them so does this mean there’s only one other Peugot 403 in the USA which isn’t owned by them?
I don’t know the answer, but I just wanted to chime in and say how much I love Columbo.
Here’s possibly an answer:
"Columbo’s car, the Peugeot 403, was introduced in 1955, selling in England for 1,129 pounds. It was an immediate best seller.
Most of the 403s were 4-door sedans, and a station wagon was also available.
The 2-door convertible was far more rare – according to “Parade” magazine,
only 504 were manufactured in 1959. When Columbo claims that his car is
“very rare,” that is the truth. No wonder information about the convertible is so hard to come by – but it was basically the same car as the sedan."