Price: £20,995 | Year: 1989 | Engine: 1.9-litre Inline 4, 130bhp
Introduced back in 1984, the Peugeot 205 GTI is, for many, the ultimate hot hatch. It’s the car that defined the sector and has never been beaten since.
It boasted the ultimate combination of speed, light weight build and intoxicating styling, which is why today, examples in good condition command scary prices. But then, due to their accessible speed and cheap price point as new, it’s incredible difficult to find cars in good condition.
Arriving three years after the original 205 GTI was the 1.9 model, which upped the engine size from 1.6-litres to 1.9, with an increase in power to 130bhp. Disk brakes came with it all round too - a rarity for such a car during the day - so it could stop just as quick as it went.
Known for its lively yet pin-sharp steering, the Peugeot 205 GTI’s bigger brother, the 205 T16 rally car won the World Rally Championship in 1985, meaning this humble road car has some serious racing pedigree. While Peugeot have won the WRC since, it has never bettered the 205 GTI.
This particular car is finished in alpine white, and is one of the finest examples you’ll find on the road today. With only 43,000 miles, a full service history, and the original Peugeot document pack, this is a rare beast indeed.
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