Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9
- Mileage: 43,480
- Year: 1989
- MOT Expiry: March 2021
- Exterior Colour: Alpine White
- Interior Colour: Grey Striped Cloth / Leather
- Top speed: 123
- 0-60mph: 7.6
- BHP: 130
- Transmission: 5-Speed Manual
- Engine Capacity: 1905cc
- Engine Configuration: Inline 4
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.
However, in 1992 new legislation meant that catalytic converters had to be fitted to all cars, which lowered the power output to 122bhp on the 1.9 GTI. At the same time anti-lock brakes and air conditioning became an option. The 1.6 205 GTI bit the dust in August 1991, while its bigger brother lasted until April 1994 when the 205 range was replaced with the rather sedate and uninvolving 206.
15-inch Speedline alloy wheels, Electric windows, Clarion cassette radio (with instruction booklet), Digital clock, Front and rear disc brakes, Lockable glove compartment, GTI floor mats, Spare wheel, Jack, Spare key.
This stunning, low mileage 1.9 GTI has always been carefully stored to preserve its amazing condition. The Alpine White paintwork is excellent throughout and virtually unmarked, with no signs of corrosion in any of the common 205 weak spots. The underside is also notably clean (pictures available upon request), a real testament to the car’s pampered life to date. A highly collectable and outstanding example of the fast-appreciating 1.9 GTI.
Additional photos, videos, and an inspection report can be provided on request.
Opening the door you’re greeted by an interior space perfectly in line with the low mileage of 43k. With the exception of a small amount wrinkling to the driver’s bolster, the cabin is impeccably presented throughout. The switchgear still looks fresh, and commonly worn items such as the steering wheel and gear knob show few signs of use. The carpets are also in great shape with none of the usual fading issues. At the rear of the car the seats appear to have seen very little use, and the parcel shelf is free from any aftermarket speakers or unsightly holes. The original Clarion cassette radio is still present and correct.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The engine bay is very clean with no signs of any damage or poor repair to be found. At 32k miles the engine was stripped and the valve stem oil seals were replaced; a new clutch was also fitted at this time. The car has been regularly maintained since and was most recently serviced in February 2020 at the current mileage of 43k. The result is a 205 that feels just as tight and together as it would have done leaving the factory back in ‘89.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The factory 15-inch Speedlines look great and fill the arches nicely. Each wheel remains in perfect condition with no curb marking to be found, and all four are shod in matching Michelin tyres with ample tread remaining at each corner. The brakes are reassuringly responsive on test and do a good job of stopping the car quickly and in a straight line.
Within the History File you’ll find the original Peugeot document pack complete with the service booklet and all owner’s manuals, including instructions for the Clarion head unit. The paperwork is packed with plenty of old MOT certificates and a raft of maintenance invoices dating right back to 1990.
The car has been serviced at the following mileages: 1k, 8k, 13k, 30k, 32k, 37k, 39k, 41k, 42k, and finally in February 2020 at the current mileage of 43k. Most recently we have had the car fully inspected and MOT’d for the new keeper’s peace of mind.
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