1991 Peugeot 205 GTI

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  • 1990 Phase 2 1.6 205 GTi, one of the most influential cars of its decade
  • Subject to extensive refurbishment in 2021-22 amounting to over £2,500
  • Highly original and superbly presented throughout
  • Accompanied by a substantial and carefully curated history file
  • To be offered with a fresh MOT upon sale

The Appeal

"It’s like a lion cub, one of the cutest things you’ll ever lay eyes upon, that wants nothing more than to play and play until it can manoeuvre itself into a position where it can sink its fangs into your backside. The trick is not to let it." - Andrew Frankel, Autocar 2016

Launched in 1983, the Peugeot 205 GTi was a nothing short of revolutionary. It usurped the revered Golf GTi and for many, cemented the 'hot hatch' as a French art form.

Light on its feet, surprisingly quick even by today's standards and possessing one of the finest front-wheel-drive systems ever fitted to a road car, the 205 GTi was named the Car of the Decade by CAR magazine in 1990. 115 bhp in a car weighing just 890 kg offers a 0-60 time of 8.7 seconds and a top speed well over 110mph.

We're delighted to bring this superbly presented and well-sorted 1990 1.6-litre 'Phase 2' example to market. This car has undergone extensive mechanical and cosmetic recommissioning work during recent years and boasts a substantial history file which warrants the indicated mileage and confirms how well it's been looked after. Invoices span back back to nearly new and the original service book is well-stamped.

It was highly specified from the factory with power steering, electric windows and a glass sunroof and the car remains exceedingly original down to the factory steering wheel, gear knob and Clarion stereo. The correct Speedline pepper-pot wheels have been refurbished to complete the ensemble.

There's no doubt this car has been well cared for over the years, as evidenced by an impressive paperwork file. Whether you're looking for your first authentic hot hatch, or are a 205 GTi evangelist, this 205 GTi is eminently worthy of your consideration.

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History and Paperwork

  • Registered on 31st January 1991 and supplied to the UK in right-hand drive
  • The DVLA record eight previous keepers
  • In current ownership since November 2021
  • 100,091 miles indicated and warranted by the history file
  • Used sparingly in recent years: dry stored for 2008-2018
  • Professionally recommissioned in 2021-22 for which an invoice is present amounting to over £2,500
  • To be supplied with a fresh MOT upon sale

Complete with:

  • V5C document
  • Complete set of owner's handbooks in the original plastic wallet 
  • Two keys
  • A large selection of MOT certificates
  • A significant collection of invoices span the car's entire life
  • Service record book with twelve stamps (and supporting main dealer invoices)

The Condition

  • Supplied new with bright red paintwork and cloth trim interior and red carpets - all of which the car retains
  • The vendor comments that the factory-fitted glass sunroof operates as designed "with the reassuring whoosh upon locking"
  • The factory electric windows are reportedly in full working order
  • Original and well-preserved steering wheel, gear knob and Clarion stereo system - all rare and desirable 205 GTi features
    The bright red paintwork looks very smart with immensely few blemishes to show for its age
  • Straight and solid bodywork with even door gaps and panel alignment
  • All the plastic trims appear in fine order for their age
  • Original Speedline Pepper-pot alloys in fine shape following recent refurbishment
  • New tyres fitted
  • The underside presents superbly for the car's age
  • The interior trim has clearly been well, cared for and shows few signs of wear 
  • The seat bolsters are in good shape and there are no tears to the fabric
  • The red carpet is as striking as ever and appears entirely free from notable defects, as does the headlining

The Mechanics

  • 1.6-litre SOHC I4 engine producing 115 bhp
  • Five-speed manual gearbox
  • Factory power steering
  • The timing belt and water pump were changed during the recommissioning
  • New fuel lines, brakes and ignition leads
  • The engine bay has been detailed and various metal components have been refinished which ensures this car presents impeccably under the bonnet
  • Following the aforementioned extensive recommissioning, the vendor informs us that it drives exactly as it should
  • With a new MOT to be completed for the new owner, this 205 will be ready to enjoy the fast-approaching summer months
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Auction Details
  • Year 1991
  • Make Peugeot
  • Model 205
  • Colour Red
  • Mileage 100,091 Miles
  • Engine size 1598
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Knutsford
  • County Cheshire
  • Country United Kingdom
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Bidding history
17 Bids
  • eoin-de•••• £8,500 19/07/24
  • Derek J•••• £8,100 19/07/24
  • eoin-de•••• £8,000 19/07/24
  • Derek J•••• £7,600 19/07/24
  • eoin-de•••• £7,500 19/07/24
  • Derek J•••• £7,100 18/07/24
  • eoin-de•••• £7,000 17/07/24
  • Derek J•••• £6,600 16/07/24
  • Padraig•••• £6,500 16/07/24
  • eoin-de•••• £5,500 16/07/24

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