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We know that Detective Lt. Columbo drove a 1959 Peugeot Convertible Model 403 - and in this video you can see it in action.

I've cued the video to this image:

odd dashboard accessory in Columbo's car

What is that interesting "corrugated" wire metal device inside the windscreen? It's a convertible, so maybe that's just the thing you use, when the top is down, to keep pigeons from landing on the dashboard and pooping on it. (But probably not.)

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  • Probably the front-of-the-dash clips to keep the front edge of a tonneau cover in place. May 27, 2023 at 18:42
  • Could be, but if you scroll down on this page to the 4th photo its a clear interior shot of a 403 without such clips.
    – davidbak
    May 27, 2023 at 21:47
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    @davidbak - I'm thinking you're going to have to binge some Columbo episodes so you can see how he uses it :o) Peter Falk was a genius at this role! And of note ... he was actually blind in one eye! Never slowed him down. May 27, 2023 at 23:49
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    @Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 - I considered that - wouldn't be surprised to discover he used it as a cigar holder ...
    – davidbak
    May 27, 2023 at 23:51
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    Whatever it is I doubt it came standard on the Peugeot. I've just gone traipsing through the internet looking at different 403's and his is the only one I found with it. May 28, 2023 at 0:01

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This photo may explain why it was fitted if it is not standard -

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I got the photo from this website.

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  • Filing system for papers! Yet, when pulled over, he can never access his police identification ("wrong pocket!"). That website is a good find, thank you!
    – davidbak
    May 28, 2023 at 16:18

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