RE: Shed of the Week | Peugeot 205 CJ

RE: Shed of the Week | Peugeot 205 CJ

Friday 7th June

Shed of the Week | Peugeot 205 CJ

The 205 CTI sailed out of Shed territory sometime ago - so what about its 80hp cousin...



It must be summer now because Shed's hooter is constantly running and his eyes are the colour of hot coals. Time, surely, to peer blinkingly at the convertible market with a view to getting that hay fever nicely ramped up to defcon one level.

Enter stage right, jauntily bereted and comedy moustache all a-bristle, this bien charmant Peugeot 205 CJ. Peugeot made these cheeky little chaps between 1986 and 1994. Powered by the petrol 1.4 motor, the CJ was aimed at folk who didn't need the performance of the injected 1.6 CTI, the open top version of the 205 GTI, but who did fancy the Pininfarina CTI look but with lower insurance and running costs.

The PH ad bot may need a touch of WD40 as it has understated the CJ's power at 60hp. In fact the 8-valve carburetted 1.4 had 80hp at 5800rpm and 80lb ft at 2800rpm and is a rather lovely thing, not as spritely as the CTI's Bosch LE2-injected 105hp 1.6 obviously, but a useful step up in power and torque over the smaller-engined 205s. You could actually get the CJ with a 1.4i motor, but according to Shed's Branston-stained specs folder the Jetronic injected version was slightly less powerful than the carb'd one at 75hp, with only a tadge more torque, 81lb ft at a less accessible 3400rpm.


Anyway, engine specs aside, the straight 830kg CJ underpinned by the sweet and supple 205 chassis (albeit with less rigidity) is bang-on for everyday use and even with the non-injected 1.4 will happily give you a 100mph-plus breeze in your barnet on a balmy day.

205 convertible prices are nothing short of crazy at the moment. 'Proper' CTI convertibles seem to start at £4000 and go up to £10,000 for minters. Some trade sellers are trying to sneak CJs onto the coattails of this CTI surge and are asking anything up to £6k for them. Private sellers are seemingly much more realistic in their expectations, as this apparently clean and solid £1450 car indicates. Shed has found this same car on sale elsewhere at £1950, so he's hoping that the £1450 PH price is correct and not a rubber worm for Shed-fanciers to bite disappointingly on.

What's to go wrong? Well, it's a 30 year old French car, so have a guess. As the vendor says, it's got a long MOT in place. The absence of body rust anywhere on the record lends credence to his claim that it's been garaged and only driven on dry days. Rust has been mentioned, but only in reference to the brake pipes, and that's been coming up in the advisories section since 2012 so make your own call on that.


Generically, blue smoke from a 205 exhaust pipe probably means worn valve stem seals. 205 shocks are known to leak and fail. Poor starting may be down to a dodgy fuel pump relay. Door handles seize up. CJ specifically, the hoods often end up looking a bit like a tramp's hat, but this one is pleasingly tight and unrumpled. You'll see all sorts of wheels on these too. Shed isn't 100% convinced that the CJ ever had those pepperpots from standard but they give the car a faux-GTI look and that is never a bad thing.

The owner doesn't include pics of the original (and repaired) denim seats, which is a pity as it might suggest that the repair operation wasn't hugely successful, but if seat originality isn't an issue for you then it's all gravy. Plus it sounds like there's a set of 106 seats being thrown into the deal, or being made available at least.

With the number of CJs registered for use on UK roads down to under 120 and still dropping, an investment in a solid one could be a shrewd move. Classic insurance, £160 a year road tax and all the Gallic street cred you could ever want. Even if you're only generally interested in golden-age Peugeots and aren't too fussed about the model, a visit to Derbyshire would surely be worth the cost of a train ticket. If you do take the plunge, just remember to stuff all the door pockets with Kleenex before you drop the top. That's good motoring advice for any young male even outside the hay fever season.

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Billy_Whizzzz

Original Poster:

1,117 posts

85 months

Friday 7th June
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What a sweet little thing for the price of little more than a bag of sweets.

Omega1987

38 posts

14 months

Friday 7th June
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This appeals to me far more than it should... Brilliant shed for the Peugeot enthusiast.

Edited by Omega1987 on Friday 7th June 06:39

griffdude

1,559 posts

190 months

Friday 7th June
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Now that is lovely.

humphra

53 posts

34 months

Friday 7th June
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".....stuff all the door pockets with Kleenex before you drop the top. That's good motoring advice for any young male even outside the hay fever season." roflrofl

mrpenks

207 posts

97 months

Friday 7th June
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That’s a bargain. Bound to appreciate so pays to own it!
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Tenfourzero

15 posts

12 months

Friday 7th June
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I had one of these in the late 90s on a K plate, even back then with under 30k on the clock it used to wobble around and the hood loved a rattle when it was up. Great fun in the sunshine though and cheap ish insurance at the time.

Lotusgone

128 posts

69 months

Friday 7th June
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One for the ladies...?

J4CKO

27,461 posts

142 months

Friday 7th June
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Thats not a shed really is it, passed through shed a while back, what that is, is a lovely little classic that has slipped through the daft price net because it doesnt have the right letters on the rear.

You see 205 gtis going for a lot of money but this is still cheap, it a bit slower and doesn't have a roof but it will give you as much 205ness as you ever need and fast enough for what it is.

That would be a nice way to trundle round on a summers evening.

Caveats being, have a garage to keep it in and try not to crash it.




Mikebentley

531 posts

82 months

Friday 7th June
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Strangely tempted by this as had a 205 CTi in the early nineties that I always suspected was a “cut and shut” due to some suspicious welds etc. It would be a cool little thing to wobble about in as said with the bonus you might be able to more than wipe your nose on the deal when you come to shift it on.

Shnozz

20,528 posts

213 months

Friday 7th June
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I remember thinking these were hideous and looked crap next to the CTI.

My view isn’t changed.

J4CKO

27,461 posts

142 months

Friday 7th June
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Shnozz said:
I remember thinking these were hideous and looked crap next to the CTI.

My view isn’t changed.
Yes, its a completely different body style and everything....

This looks like its had some gti bits added.

GeneralSinn

6,422 posts

129 months

Friday 7th June
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Loving this! looks well looked after too ... bargain price!!

Coincidentally, was the article written by Frank?? sounds like it was!

Limpet

3,351 posts

103 months

Friday 7th June
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Sweet little car. Buy it, enjoy it, look after it (very DIY-able) and at least get your money back when you sell it on?

scottygib553

88 posts

37 months

Friday 7th June
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While not a CTI that could still make for a great summer.

GTEYE

1,351 posts

152 months

Friday 7th June
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CJ stood for Cabriolet Junior.

Junior was one of the many permanent ‘special’ editions, I think it had denim seats and some stripes. Definitely steel wheels with matching white hubcaps originally.



As it would have been originally...

Edited by GTEYE on Friday 7th June 09:39

Thomo97

29 posts

132 months

Friday 7th June
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Great little thing. I'd be very tempted at that price if I had somewhere under cover to store it over the winter months. Have been looking at 2CVs for summer trundling (had one years ago) but they are now crazy expensive for something made out of wafer thin steel and elastic bands.

AC43

7,008 posts

150 months

Friday 7th June
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Tenfourzero said:
it used to wobble around and the hood loved a rattle when it was up.
I used to know a girl with one of those. I have never known scuttle shake like it. The dashboard was a blur half the time.

BeastieBoy73

257 posts

54 months

Friday 7th June
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Thomo97 said:
Great little thing. I'd be very tempted at that price if I had somewhere under cover to store it over the winter months. Have been looking at 2CVs for summer trundling (had one years ago) but they are now crazy expensive for something made out of wafer thin steel and elastic bands.
I too want a 2cv but having once paid £70 for a T&T’d years ago, I can’t justify spending the money they command on one these days. Some bargain cabriolets out there. A mate and I are doing one of those European Banger Rally’s in a few weeks. The budget was £500 and we picked up this clean VW Beetle, complete with Tansy Daisies... we have to decorate the car and go in fancy dress. Due to the wheels, we are going as hippys. I have just added more Daisy’s to the sides. It’s a powerful look. A future contender for Shed of the Week, if it makes it back...

Anyway back to the shed. Great looking car, I’d be happy to spend a bit of time and money keeping it in good nick. It’d make a fun project/second/summer car.

sinbaddio

1,340 posts

118 months

Friday 7th June
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AC43 said:
I used to know a girl with one of those. I have never known scuttle shake like it.
And the car.... lick

grumpy52

3,858 posts

108 months

Friday 7th June
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Very strange that one just like this appeared on a local faceache selling page at the beginning of the week . Sold as a project it disappeared within 6 hrs . For £450 it looks like someone bagged a quick project for a summer toy and a nice profit at the end .
The prettiest little blonde girl you could ever wish to meet used to visit our garage in one of these back in the day . It certainly used to brighten everyone's day .