The origin of the Peugeot 402's nickname, Sochaux Rocket, came from its factory in Sochaux, France and its appearance, not its speed. Powered by a 55hp. 4-cylinder engine, it was a family car not a race car. But its aerodynamic streamlined appearance, copied from the Citroen 7CV and Chrysler Airflow, gave it a rocket-like look.To add to the smooth lines, the headlights are hidden behind the grille. Although Peugeot had been making cars since 1888, it was the 75,000 402's produced between 1935 and 1940 that cemented their reputation. The Top is in the Trunk Invented in 1931, the Peugeot 402 Eclipse was the first car with a motorized retractable hardtop, beating the Ford Skyliner by 20 years.
This 1:18 scale replica is a blueprint-perfect copy of this groundbreaking cabriolet. Looking closely you can see the headlights hidden behind the grille. The suicide doors open showing the interior with its oddly placed shift. And the trunk is big enough for the top, 2 pieces of luggage and a removable full spare tire. Clean, crisp and just plain gorgeous, it is a must for the serious collector. Model Features Opening Hood Opening Doors Opening Trunk 4-Cylinder Engine is Wired and Plumb The 402 Eclipse Can Be Displayed with Top Up or Down Besides the Retractable Hardtop, the Trunk Contains Removable Suitcases and Full Spare Tire Precision Diecast Replica 1:18 Scale Model 11.5 Inches Long. See more.