Trintingant, Peugeot’s luxury coach

Trintingant, Peugeot’s luxury coach


A great actor who lived an often tragic life, Jean-Louis Trintignant also benefited from a sacred talent as a pilot. He raced Monte-Carlo several times but also the 24 Hours of Le Mans, or the 24 Hours of Spa. There, we see it Peugeot training videos, intended to make a point to trade at the launch of the revised 505, in the summer of 1985, to eliminate the competition. This is rich because in these areas, we seeAlfa Romeo 90 2.0meAudi 100 CD,, BMW 520i,, Citroen CX 22 TRS,, Ford Scorpio 2.0GL,, Mercedes 190CmeRecord Opel 1.8 GL,, Renault 25 GTX,, Volvo 740 GLE and finish, for Peugeot 505 transport (click on the cars name to get the Youtube video).

Trintingant happily blocking the wheels of the R25 GTX.

That said, even in this context, the actor surprises with his natural and calm personality, while giving very funny comments and often revealing his dead side. “He vomits on the front wheels”, “There’s only one rear wheel that stays on the road and the other one spins”, “Oh, he’s screaming, you can hear him well there”, “Oh the engine, it’s terrible”, “you have to fight the weight of car and weight of years”… The worst valve will fall on Volvo, but we will let you discover it.

Trintingant doesn't seem quite happy behind the wheel of the Volvo 740 GLE.  Watching the video will tell you why...
Trintingant doesn’t seem quite happy behind the wheel of the Volvo 740 GLE. Watching the video will tell you why…

We also see that Trintignant pushes cars to their limits, sometimes more, but with complete calmness, and without closing the belt. A combination? Jeans and a pink polo shirt will do just fine. It’s another era, more carefree than ours, when you can spin on a Lédenon circuit with little or no safety features. Trintignant is not interviewed by a member of Peugeot but by another actor, Jean-Claude Aubé, who we will see in 1988 in “Man and woman, twenty years already”, by Claude Lelouch, with the great Jean -Louis.

An unlikely photo of Jean-Louis Trintignant driving an Opel Record 1.8.  He has just turned the valve, so the smile of Jean-Claude Aubé ...
An unlikely photo of Jean-Louis Trintignant driving an Opel Record 1.8. He has just turned the valve, so the smile of Jean-Claude Aubé …

These little tutorial videos, available on Youtube, are all little gems, even if the sound doesn’t always match the pictures (it’s even quite humorous with BMW).

To wonder if the Audi 100 does not take as much roll as the old R5!
To wonder if the Audi 100 does not take as much roll as the old R5!