SOTW: Peugeot 205 GTi 1.6


It must be fate. As we were casting around for today's Shed earlier in the week, the collective PH office eye fell upon this Peugeot 205 GTi. Was it time for the return of the hot hatch king to the halls of Shed, we wondered?

More or less simultaneously I noticed an e-mail from PHer BMWill in my inbox, with 'SOTW suggestion: 205 GTi' as the subject line. Somebody, somewhere (apart from BMWill) wants the 205 GTi as SOTW.


And who are we to argue with a higher power? So here it is, a 1991 1.6, resplendent in (slightly faded) Miami Blue and half-leather interior. Perhaps we wish it had the slightly more powerful 1.9-litre engine, but then they do say the 1.6 is the sweeter-balanced of the two versions... so we'll settle for that.

And here are some of Will's arguments as to why the little Pug deserves our sub-£1k adulation:

"Ask a petrolhead to name an 80s hot hatch, and the chances are it will be the Pug 205 GTi...Many argue it is one of the most rewarding FWD cars ever made...It has minimal driver aids, and is prone to lift-off oversteer - which makes it fun!...

"It's light! Nowadays, 1200kg is seen as light. Wikipedia tells me the stripped-out Rallye version weighed in at 794kg! The concept of 'light weight' was taken seriously back then! Oh, and it's about time for another one. The MR2 has featured twice in just over a year, and pretty much all versions of the 7-series up to the E38 have also been elected SOTW.


"They're becoming a rare sight on the road these days, too, and the ones in pristine condition are appreciating in value (some are up for £6k!!!). Definitely a classic then! The ones at affordable prices are becoming rarer as rust eats through them, or they are broken for parts."

There's not really a lot more to say really, other than get one while you can, because the days of the (decent and unmolested) 205 GTi in Shed territory might just be numbered. And if you are tempted, then you could do a lot worse than this 112k-mile chap, especially for just £800.

Although if we're being strict with ourselves it should have a tax disc to go with that half-year of MOT. But hey, we make the rules, so we can bend 'em from time to time...

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1991 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.6 (1991)
112,000 miles £800

Up for sale due to new car is my 205 GTI.

Finished in Miami Blue with the 1.9 half leather interior.

History stamped in the book and receipts as well as most MOT certificates. Recently replaced 2 tyres and have some new spare parts that will go with the car.


A brilliant sunroof model which does NOT leak! not sure when or if the seals have been replaced but they look fairly new and it does not leak. Only modification is the installation of a CD player.

Lacquer on boot and roof is faded but for a 20 year old car the paintwork is bright. A chance to get an appreciating classic.

MOT until June 30th 2012, currently no tax due to being SORNd as I have purchased a new car.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for further details, if I am unable to answer leave a name and number and I'll get back to you.



 

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  • cthcolin 17 Dec 2011

    Crikey

    I used to have one of those. Still #2 on my list of all time best cars that ever I owned. whoever bagged it is one lucky so and so.

    If only I'd been a bit quicker....

    (Story of my life...)

    C


  • MarkKo 15 Dec 2011

    SOTW car seems to be sold,it looked like someone got a good buy..

  • MarkKo 15 Dec 2011

    Kw suspension is a great quality suspension and can be set-up according to individuals taste,softer,firmer,ride height ,it's in another league to pug standard kit.Porsche tuners at the Nurburgring use it on latest new cars and chuck the factory stuff in the skip.
    The Aston comment u have misunderstood ,I was referring to the fact the pug is a car that is featured on shed and not a DB5 being auctioned at Bonhams where originality and provenance is key.If Someone wants to play and change a 205 and 90 percent of owners do ( I am a club member and have been to a few meets), what's the harm...? it's an old car of relatively low value in most cases.
    For fans of Original cars that want to polish and preserve(everyone gets their kicks in different ways), there are plenty left to buy at big money,I just want to drive mine,(its not scruffy though),thats what I bought it for.And I am having a great time but appreciate all the concern it's very touching.

  • hotmelt 14 Dec 2011

    MarkKo said:
    Lol...
    So KW suspension is a step back from 20 year old Pug factory dampers?(do some searches)
    So I replaced the old Pug interior with fresh Leather and Alcantara instead of cloth???(done very tastefully thanks)
    Sound system now works with my Iphone instead of a tape player...?(They don't sell tapes anymore)
    Someone is worrying that a car featured on shed of the week is no longer as it left the factory?
    Give me a break I just had dinner and I am getting indigestion from laughing too much,life is short ,it's a pug not a vintage Aston,I am going to lose a wink of sleep that it's worth 500 quid less in a purists eyes that probably likes to polish their car a bit too much?
    All except KW suspension is welcome off course(because of your comfort too). Regarding KW suspension I would rather buy original dampers(because of geometry maybe etc.), but it may be also very good solution if it is good setup and if it does not affect original handling and ride. And find me an Aston that is more racy than a preserved 205 please?

  • MarkKo 14 Dec 2011

    Lol...
    So KW suspension is a step back from 20 year old Pug factory dampers?(do some searches)
    So I replaced the old Pug interior with fresh Leather and Alcantara instead of cloth???(done very tastefully thanks)
    Sound system now works with my Iphone instead of a tape player...?(They don't sell tapes anymore)
    Someone is worrying that a car featured on shed of the week is no longer as it left the factory?
    Give me a break I just had dinner and I am getting indigestion from laughing too much,life is short ,it's a pug not a vintage Aston,I am going to lose a wink of sleep that it's worth 500 quid less in a purists eyes that probably likes to polish their car a bit too much?

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