This is a 1990 Peugeot 205 CTi, finished in red with a black and red cloth/ leatherette interior. The car has done a genuine 55,000 miles from new.
Launched in 1983, the lightweight Peugeot 205 was so influential that CAR magazine crowned it its ‘Car of the Decade’ in 1990 beating more obvious contenders like the Golf GTi. Yet, while commuters, young families and those who needed a cheap car to run to the shops in snapped them up by the million, it was the hot GTI models that really captured the imagination of petrolheads the world over.
The 1.6-litre GTI of 1984 is widely accepted as being the sweetest of the hot Peugeot range, even if it is out-gunned by the 130bhp 1.9-litre version that everyone thinks they want. Proving, as is so often the case, that less can be more, because the 105bhp-engined version has less than a tonne to pull you’ll still see 60mph come up in around 8.7 seconds and be able to see well over 110mph on the speedometer - all achieved by the sweetest revving engine this side of a Mazda rotary.
A cabriolet, the 205 CTI, was launched shortly thereafter. Designed and then partially assembled by Pininfarina cheek-by-jowl with the Ferrari Testarossa, it trading a little chassis stiffness – along with the softer suspension from the XS model - for the multi-sensory delights of a full-on convertible body style.
The 1.9-litre, 130bhp version, which the French firm unveiled to fight off the similarly powered Golf GTi 16V, arrived in late 1986. Lazier in its nature than the 1.6-litre engine, its considerable torque enables spirited drivers to knock a second off the car’s 0-60mph time and to add almost 20mph to the top speed. And, while the mid-range acceleration might not be anything to write home about anymore, the mind-boggling handling most certainly still is; the 205 GTI, in whatever flavour was, and remains, so well-balanced and rewarding to drive that many still consider it the benchmark by which every other contemporary hot hatchback must be judged, even today. No wonder Performance Car magazine crowned the 205 GTI the ‘Performance Car of the Decade’ in 1990, making it a grand-slam for the diminutive Peugeot.
This example, whilst slightly scruffy in the exterior detail, presents well overall despite some slight clouding to the paintwork. The hood is in excellent condition and functions as it should and the tonno fits properly. She starts first time and drives nicely. We believe the interior has been re-trimmed at some stage and the cars electric windows function as they should.
This car has had 5 former keepers and has an MoT until March of 2023. The history file includes the original owners handbook and guide books, as well as many MOT test receipts and invoices attesting to work completed on the car over the years.
She has been sat in storage for some time so may need some light recommissioning before regular use, but this low mileage example of an iconic cabriolet offers superb value and a lot of fun.