So, what does a Frenchman worth over $75 billion drive? Well, a Peugeot 205 GTI, of course. Like many a hot hatch, Bernard chose to modify his car, tinting the windows, improving the suspension and the uprating the brakes. Unlike many (any?) hot hatch, however, this wasn't done in the name of improved track day performance or better B-road blasting.
There's no word on extra power, so we're guessing that the 1.9-litre engine still puts out the same 132hp as it left the factory with, although the original 0-60 time of 7.6 seconds now seems a tad optimistic... Should you want a more authentic 205 GTI experience, however, help is at hand. You can pick up a high mileage example in the classifieds for around £7,000. (Or a low mileage example for much, much more than that.)
According to the ad, Mr Arnault wanted a car he could drive anonymously everyday without a chauffeur, and used his 205 GTI as a daily driver for many years. The mileage of just 14,700km suggests he didn't have the longest of commutes, then, but does mean that the car remains in immaculate condition, described as working perfectly and driving excellently. We imagine you'll have to take that last claim with a fairly large pinch of salt...
SPECIFICATION - PEUGEOT 205 GTI
Engine: 1,905cc, 4-cyl
Transmission: 5-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power (hp): 128@6,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 121@4,750rpm
MPG: Less so than the original
CO2: More so than the original
First registered: 1990
Price new: N/A
Price now: €37,500