Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9
- Mileage: 169,829
- Year: 1990
- MOT Expiry: September 2018
- Exterior Colour: Black
- Interior Colour: Black Leather / Cloth
- Top speed: 123
- 0-60mph: 7.6
- BHP: 130
- Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 1905cc
- Engine Configuration: 4 In-line
The 205 GTi had everything when new, and still does - sharp handling, light weight for added chuckability and an unburstable engine that sings the more you rev it.
Ever since the first 1.6-litre 205 GTi went on sale in April 1984, the eulogies to the car have appeared thick and fast. With 105bhp on tap from its all-alloy 1580cc four-pot, superb handling and reasonable build quality (they can be a bit flimsy), the 205 GTi soon became a favourite with the motoring press and car buyers. Sometimes owners got a bit carried away and overcooked it on the bends, sometimes those who pranged the car had ‘borrowed' it without asking, but everyone who drove it reckoned the Pug was one of the best drives available - at any money.
In 1985 Peugeot's barking mad 205 T16 rally car won the World Rally Championship, and in 1986 the convertible 205 GTi went on sale, neatly badged the CTi. Peugeot were on the crest of a wave with their small hatch.
Things got even more fun - and more easily out of shape - when the 1.9-litre car arrived in January 1987, with 130bhp and disk brakes all round. So it wasn't overshadowed by its bigger brother, tweaks to the cylinder head and camshaft in 1987 meant power for the 1.6-litre car rose to 115bhp and in the following year a new dashboard was fitted with higher quality interior trim, including a leather-trimmed steering wheel.
Original Clarion radio cassette, Sunroof, Digital clock, Front fog lights, Lockable glove compartment, Cigarette lighter, Ash tray, Spare wheel, Carpet mats, Spare key.
Every bit the iconic hot hatch, this sprightly 1.9 looks splendid with its gloss black coachwork and contrasting red GTi trim. Free from any major scuffs or scrapes the paint finish is very presentable overall; the bumpers and rubbing strips are in equally fine fettle. With prices of low mileage 205s having soared in recent years this example offers an excellent opportunity to purchase a very useable GTi, ready to be driven and enjoyed for many years to come. The underside has recently had a coat of clear waxoyl to protect it from the British roads.
The seats are in very tidy condition without any significant wear to the leather seat bolsters or cloth centres. The dash and centre console are free from any cracks or damage and all the switchgear works just as it should. The original tape player is still present, and the door cards and parcel shelf have been saved from the fitting of aftermarket speakers.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 1.9-litre engine fires into life and idles smoothly with none of the common rough-running issues following start up. Reading through the service history file it is clear to see that the 205 has been well maintained; the last service was carried out in August 2017, which included a cambelt and water pump change.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Sitting on its original set of 15-inch Speedline wheels the GTi has an assertive yet playful stance. The alloys are in very good condition and are free from any major curb marking. Both front and rear brakes have been refreshed over the last few years with new calipers, discs and pads. A common issue with these GTis is the rear beam, which was replaced in 2016.
The file is full of invoices showing lots of recent expenditure including a cambelt service last year, refreshed brakes, and a rear axle. The current owner has also had the car serviced annually in his seven years of ownership; he has clearly not scrimped on keeping it in fine driving order. Along with all the service invoices the car has most of its MOT certificates dating back to the mid ‘90s, and both sets of keys are also still present.
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