Lot 217: Peugeot 205 GTI
The Peugeot 205 was produced between 1983 and 1998 and was declared 'Car of the Decade' by CAR magazine in 1990. The styling of the 205 is often thought to be a Pininfarina design; however Gerard Welter, Peugeot's chief designer, claims it as an in-house design; and the car is often credited as the car which turned Peugeot's fortunes around. The GTI version came in 1.6 litre and 1.9 litre engine derivatives and is considered one of the very best hot hatches of all time. Compared to modern cars they can be tricky to handle, due to their tendency towards oversteer and an absence of electronic driver aids. However the 205GTI is still known to offer a very rewarding driving experience and is still mentioned to this day in group car tests of the newest GTI models or equivalent. Peugeot itself never truly recreated this success in subsequent GTI models, although they came close with the highly regarded GTI-6 variant of the 306. Increasingly stringent emissions regulations meant the 1.6GTI went out of production in 1992 whilst the 1.9 was sold for a couple more years thanks to re-engineering of the engine enabling it to work properly with a catalytic converter. This timeless performance hatchback is in excellent condition and has to be viewed to be fully appreciated. Finished in classic white with red interior and fitted with a factory sunroof, this 205 GTI is described by the vendor as being exciting to drive and benefits from a recent suspension overhaul. This was a one owner car until 2011, and it comes supplied with a full service history including the literature pack, the V5C registration document and a full year's MoT test certificate. This highly accessible modern classic is something we have all grown up with and is sure to rise in value - definitely one to watch.
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