The Peugeot 302, which has a top speed of around 65 miles per hour, was a mid-weight saloon introduced at the 1936 Paris Motor Show by Peugeot and listed, for just 18 months, until April 1938. The French L’automobile Ancienne web site , which offers a detailed guide and history of the car, notes only 25,000 were produced.
Like the 201, the 302 featured independent front suspension which provided for superior road holding and comfort, especially when the car was driven briskly on poor roads. Ideal for a member of the Resistance, then! At the back, the 302 used a rigid axle suspended using cantilever-spring combinations.
• There’s more about the car, which was replaced by the 402, here on Wikipedia, and a gallery of images of both the 302 and 402 on Flickr.
Maxie’s obsession, Fantômas, is a fictional character created by French writers Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre and remains one of the most popular characters in the history of French crime fiction. He was created in 1911 and appeared in a total of 32 volumes written by the two collaborators, then a subsequent 11 volumes written by Allain alone after Souvestre’s death.
The character was also the basis of various film, television, and comic book adaptations. In the history of crime fiction, he represents a transition from Gothic novel villains of the 19th century to modern-day serial killers.
• There’s more about Fantômas on www.fantomas-lives.com, along with links to many other resources about the character’s many incarnations