1989 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9


  • A fantastic collector-quality example
  • Same owner from 1994 to 2017
  • Meticulously maintained and exceedingly well preserved
  • Desirable 1.9-litre engine specification
  • Newly serviced and MOT’d

The Appeal

Weighing in at a mere 860 kilograms, the 1.9-litre 130 horsepower engine provided ample performance and propelled the Peugeot 205 GTI to stardom.  

This 1989 example has been meticulously maintained from day one, the vendor reporting that it has been stored indoors for a number of years. Few cars offer the thrills of an ‘80s hot hatch and this Phase 1.5 205 is amongst the smartest examples you’ll find. 

The History and Paperwork

  • Registered on 29th September 1989
  • Same owner from 1994 to 2017
  • Only 5,000 miles covered during the last 15 years
  • MOT until July 2023
  • Comprehensive service in 2017, replacing numerous components
  • Accompanied by history file containing previous MOT certificates and invoices
  • Original owner’s manuals and sales brochures

The Interior

  • Grey and red cloth seats with leather bolsters
  • Plastics in excellent condition
  • Smart red carpeting
  • Sunroof
  • Electric windows
Despite being quite pared back in many ways, this 205 GTI was equipped with the modern conveniences of a sunroof and electric windows which all function as they should. The interior plastics making up the dashboard and switchgear are in very fine condition, the vendor adding that the car’s many years stored inside have prevented the effects of UV light. 
The red carpeting too, seems to have benefitted from indoor storage, as there is little evidence of any fading or excessive wear. The aforementioned cloth and leather seats are in particularly fine condition, displaying very little in the way of wear and no damage we could see. The vendor adds there is only very slight wear visible on the gear lever and steering wheel.

Lifting the hatchback boot lid that defines this genre of vehicle, the black carpet appears to be in good order and lifting it reveals a very sound boot floor underneath.

The Exterior 

  • Graphite Grey
  • No evidence of corrosion
  • Plastic trim in very fine order
 Having been stored inside, this Peugeot has escaped the corrosion affecting so many of its counterparts. The door shuts, sills and rear aches (all known areas for concern on 205s) appear spotless with no evidence of corrosion or paint bubbling at all. The Graphite Grey paintwork is in wonderful shape with only a few surface scratches and light patina as commensurate with age and use. 

Furthermore, the vendor informs us that the plastic trims which run around the car’s waist are in fine order. It’s wearing factory-correct alloy wheels, which are newly refurbished, and the tyres have a good quantity of tread remaining.

The Mechanics 

  • Disc brakes front and rear
  • 130 bhp
  • 1.9-litre inline-four
  • Impressive throttle response
  • Numerous components serviced and replaced

With GTI’s sold in 1.6-litre and 1.9-litre variants, this is the most powerful version of the 205 and the vendor reports that its performance is very impressive. As you would expect from such a smart example, the owner reports that this 205 drives really well, with nimble steering, powerful brakes and the instant throttle response they were renowned for at the time.

The Peugeot is sold newly serviced and MOT’d until 7th July 2023. Notably, the car has passed its last four MOTs with no advisories. The vendor informs us that the clutch, rear suspension, (rose jointed) gear linkages and starter motor have all been recently replaced. In a 2017 engine overhaul, the timing belt and water pump were replaced. The vendor informs us that this equates to around 3,500 miles ago.


Without doubt one of the greatest hot hatchbacks of all time, Peugeot’s 205 GTI combined a fizzy engine with a small, lightweight body shell and front-wheel drive propulsion.

This desirable 1.9-litre example from 1989 is in lovely condition, both mechanically and cosmetically, making it a true collector’s item that is ready to be enjoyed.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1989
  • Make Peugeot
  • Model 205 GTI 1.9
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 84,143 Miles
  • Engine size 1905
  • Town Chertsey
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Location Surrey
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
39 bids
  • ed•••• £22,750 19/08/22
  • Gr•••• £22,500 19/08/22
  • ad•••• £22,250 19/08/22
  • Gr•••• £22,000 19/08/22
  • ad•••• £21,750 19/08/22
  • Gr•••• £21,500 19/08/22
  • ad•••• £21,250 19/08/22
  • ed•••• £21,000 19/08/22
  • ad•••• £20,750 19/08/22
  • ed•••• £20,500 19/08/22

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