1987 PEUGEOT 205 GTI 1.9

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28 000 - 40 000 EUR
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Result : 35 700 EUR

1987 PEUGEOT 205 GTI 1.9

16 000 km from new
2 previous owners
Extremely rare 1.9 phase 1

Registration: Normal series French registration certificate
Chassis N°: VF3741C8607830254

The launch of the Peugeot 205 GTI created a real sensation. Here at long last was a sporty French car capable of rivalling the benchmark German models. A few months previously, Volkswagen had brought out a disappointing replacement for the iconic Golf GTI by making the Golf GTI 2 too heavy and bourgeois. Peugeot made the most of the golden opportunity to fill the market niche. The press praised the new hot-hatch and the 205 GTI was elected Best Sporting Car of 1984 by Echappement magazine. At last a “chic and sport” model which would become an emblem for a whole generation. To rival the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which had created the new GTI category in 1975, Peugeot unveiled the 205 GTI 1.6 at the 1984 Geneva Motor Show. The following year, the victory of the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 in the World Rally Championship gave the 205 GTI an undisputed status. A well balanced package, with good performance and a keen price, the car was unanimously liked by both journalists and the public. However, in the course of the following years, rival models raised the stakes. The Renault 5 GT Turbo boasted 120 bhp and Volkswagen brought out a sharper 16 valve version of the Golf GTI 2. Peugeot was therefore obliged to bring out a more powerful version and unveiled at the 1986 Paris Motor Show the 130 bhp 205 GTI 1.9, featuring new 15 inch alloy wheels, better brakes with discs at the rear, beefed up suspension to cope with the increased power and specially created Michelin MXV 185/55 VR15 tyres. With this equipment, the car offered the best performance in its category and a really sporting character, enabling it to measure up to the most prestigious and powerful GTI models then available.

The 205 GTI which we are presenting has had an extraordinary fairy-tale history. Leaving the factory at Sochaux in early 1987, the car was sent to the Peugeot concessionaire at Barcelona to serve as a demonstration model. Never having been handed over to a private buyer, she remained in the dealer's garage for 30 years, sheltered from the weather, but being started up and serviced every year to maintain her in top mechanical condition.
According to the second owner, she was kept on a 4-column hydraulic lift with the wheels off the ground to avoid deforming the tyres. In 2016 a well-known classic car dealer based in Monaco spotted and bought the car before reselling her in January 2017 to the current owner. A major service was carried out before the sale, with the replacement of all fluids, drive belts, water pump and all other wearing parts. Currently on display in a garage in Brittany, the car is now offered for sale and presents an exceptional opportunity to buy a 205 GTI which looks and smells like a new car! The paintwork is Meije POWT white and the upholstery is the desirable all fabric option rarely found on the GTI 1.9, as the standard specification had part-leather seats. All fabric upholstery was available as a no cost option. This car has no optional extras, which will please enthusiasts who prefer this model without added weight. When started, the XU9JA has an expressive sonority which is more even and low pitched than the 1.6 engine. A road test shows that this really is a factory-fresh car, with no unwanted noises, efficient brakes and a freely revving engine. The valid obligatory test certificate, with zero defects, is proof of the good condition of the vehicle. With such a low odometer reading and the rarity of being one of the earliest of the 1.9 model, this car will appeal to the most demanding GTI enthusiasts.
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