Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9
- Mileage: 92,079
- Year: 2nd January 1987
- MOT Expiry: June 2019
- Exterior Colour: Graphite Grey Metallic
- Interior Colour: Two Tone Cloth / Leather
- 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 – 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 105hp on tap from its all-alloy 1580cc four-pot, superb handling, and reasonable build quality, the 205 GTI soon became a favourite with the motoring press and car buyers alike. 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 little 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 130hp and disc brakes all round. So that 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 115hp.
Two spoke leather-trimmed steering wheel, Electric windows, Sunroof, Digital clock, Yellow front fog lights, Heated rear window, Locking petrol cap, Cigarette lighter, Ashtray, Philips cassette radio, Lockable glovebox, Interior light, Spare wheel.
As one of the earliest registered 1.9 GTIs this example looks superb in its Graphite Grey paintwork, which is perhaps the best colour for a 205 of this vintage. The bodywork is to a presentable standard overall with some light age-related blemishes to be found. Looking closer the car remains straight along both sides, and there are no unsightly scrapes to report on the bumpers. The trim throughout remains in decent condition, and all the lenses are clear and moisture-free. Most importantly this one's an excellent driver, although it would benefit from some fettling by the new keeper to get it spot on.
The interior space presents in lovely original condition. The half leather seats are showing some usual signs of age to the bolsters however all the cloth centres are tight and free from any damage. As an early phase I GTI this example sports the original style dashboard and the desirable two-spoke leather steering wheel. Pleasingly, a period-correct Phillips cassette stereo is also retained.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
On test the 1.9-litre engine performs well, idling up to temperature correctly and pulling through the gears with ease. Most recently it has received an oil and filter change in June 2018. The characteristic 205 gearbox still feels superb to operate with no issues upon inspection.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Filling the arches are 16-inch alloy wheels that display only very minor age-related wear. The alloys are shod in quality Goodyear and Falken tyres, each with a good amount of tread remaining. Out on the road the brakes do a good job of stopping the car quickly and in a straight line, with the discs and pads still showing plenty of meat left.
This cracking little Peugeot was first registered on the 2nd of January 1987. As such, this car is understood to be the earliest right-hand drive 1.9 GTI in existence, as confirmed by the Peugeot Sport Club. Amazingly it has had just one owner for the vast majority of its life; the first keeper sold the car to the current owner way back in 1990. After some time off the road the 205 has recently been to marque specialists Pug Racing for a light mechanical re-commissioning and service.
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