SOTW: Peugeot 106 Rallye


There aren't many potential SOTWs out there where having the 1.3 version marks you out as the true connoisseur, but today's offering is one of them.

After all, who needs displacement when you've got 100bhp of screaming 7200rpm fun from your 1294cc four-pot. Okay, so you'll take 10.6secs to reach 60mph from rest, but you should have a heck of a lot of fun on the way. More so, as conventional wisdom has it, than in the 1.6-litre 'series 2' car.

Don't expect a lot of kit, mind you. This is definitely one of those cars that's more about what you don't get than what you do. What you don't get is power steering, electric windows, alloy wheels or ABS (though this last was one of two optional extras).


What you do get are body stickers of dubious quality, white-painted steelies, and the chance to pretend you're a budding tarmac rally driver looking for your big 4WD break as you chuck your 810kg supermini around with gay abandon. And what's not brilliant about that?

Okay, so this particular example looks (how to put this politely?) moderately foxed, but then a clean example of a Mk1 Rallye could easily set you back a good couple of grand, and it does at least seem as if the issues with it are cosmetic. And it would be churlish to expect an 800-quid car to be in concours condition.


The way we see it, you could go two ways with this car: buy, drive it and have a hoot in it, and don't worry too much if it breaks, or buy it, pamper it and, with a spot of judicious fettling, take it on track and have a hoot in it. Either way, we reckon you could have a ball...

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s1 106 rallye (1995)
10,010 miles £800

106 rallye s1 black 7 months m.o.t 4 months tax sunroof keypad Immobiliser good engine 101k miles cam belt head gasket and clutch done by last owner no proof of work . wax oiled new battery alternator belt spark plugs and leads two sensors and hand break cable done receipts to prove. one tyre will need replacing soonish drivers seat in bad condition but still works. roof has been sanded down ready for primer some little dents in the door chip in the window-screen m.o.t certificates from 2001

 



 

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  • chrisxr2 22 Dec 2011

    MC Bodge said:


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    I drive a haynes roadster, (rip off of above basically) a classic mini and got the wife an ignis sport. She has absolutely no idea how to get the best out of it and complains its noisy and rattly, and slow, no dear that will be your driving style and the fact you have been driving six years and mollycoddled on modern cars, she pretty much cacks her pants when I drive it as designed and ring its neck, sad sign of the times. Definatelgh want a 106 rallye before they go up in value too much or are all molested, sorry modded.

  • MC Bodge 22 Dec 2011

    Pr1964 said:
    106 Rallye fabulous minimalist sports at it absolute best.
    No modern car can ever come close due to all the weight (safety equipment etc).
    A true classic.
    Fabulous Handling.
    The biggest smiles with every drive.

    A pity nothing will ever match a 106 Rallye,


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  • Teddye4687 22 Dec 2011

    Pr1964 said:
    106 Rallye fabulous minimalist sports at it absolute best.
    No modern car can ever come close due to all the weight (safety equipment etc).
    A true classic.
    Fabulous Handling.
    The biggest smiles with every drive.

    A pity nothing will ever match a 106 Rallye,



    all we can look forward to is stodge and more stodge !
    I share your biased opinion on this.

    But having never owned a 1.9 205 GTi, I'm not sure the Rallye is unrivalled.

  • collateral 06 Oct 2011

    HereBeMonsters said:
    collateral said:
    I'm not sure we'll see decent power to weight again in small (205ish sized) cars unless the regulations change. Look at the new Ka compared to the old one. Pretty crazy that a Twingo weighs about the same as my Puma.

    I was behind a C1 today and thinking it's a shame there isn't a breathed on version of it
    I have spoken to a few PSA tuners, all of whom have told me it's a non starter. The packaging is so tight that there's no room for improvement. I still refuse to believe that. Sounds like one of those DIY projects...
    I've never seen under the bonnet of one, but I can imagine it's probably pretty tight.

    I think the Japs got a turbo Yaris. Never seen one though

  • johnpeat 06 Oct 2011

    Lucas Ayde said:
    That's because what people want from an everyday road car differs enormously from what someone focused on racing around on a track (or on a road, pretending it's a track) does.

    Not exactly rocket science...
    I love how people manage to be patronising and massively wrong at the same time.

    You make it sound like there's only 2 possible modes of transport - boring, safety-concious, comfortable 'road' cars and 'track monsters'??

    If that's the case (and it's clear, even to my pet spaniel, that it's not) then what is the purpose of the endless 'hot' versions of cars - some of which we've even been discussing here??

    My point was that the reason the 7 gains in popularity is that it's ethos remains valid and yet almost no other car shares it. Manufacturers are turning to power as a solution to weight - instead of turning to weight as a means to reduce the need for power.

    When I read that the Twingo 'RS' (Trade Descriptions Act!!) weighs over 1150kgs, I spat my cereal out - is it made from lead!? Being French, we know everything is under-engineering to snap and rattle so what the hell is going on in there!? smile

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