The 1937 Peugeot 402 Darl’mat Legere Special Sport Roadster, produced in France, was not only a successful roadster, but also saw much success on the racetrack. With its 4-cylinder engine, four-speed gearbox, independent front suspension, dual carburetors, and four-wheel drum brakes it was one of a kind. In addition the car had innovative safety door handles, a diesel engine option, and an automatic transmission.
The Darl’mat 302-402 was very successful in its races. Competing at Le Mans in 1937 and 1938 it achieved a Sterling Class victory the second year. The 402 model used a solid well and lighter chassis. In all, only about 30 of the 1937 Peugeot 402 Darl’mat Legere Special Sport Roadster models have survived to present day, out of the 67 that were produced with the 402’s modifications. The lighter 402 saw a top speed of 150 km/h, which was incredible for the 1930’s.
It is a coveted collectors item around the world, and its rarity only increases its value. Most recently a factory-created replica of the 1937 402 sold for an astounding $203,500 in 2012. An original 402 sold for over $700,000 in 2009. Not only are the 402’s prized collector items, they are also a favorite of car enthusiasts worldwide.