1990 Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9
The ultimate hot hatch? – quite possibly. I remember so clearly the first time I drove one of these back in the period, my everyday Golf GTi at the time was good but the 1.9 was in a different league with so much verve, style, speed and great character. To this day I’m not sure it has been bettered and of course now legislation means we are unlikely to see anything like this again.
Unfortunately the very attributes that make the 1.9 GTi a world beater mean that it’s very hard to find a really great non-abused example today. They encouraged shall we say, an extrovert style of driving, which didn’t lend itself to preservation! I’m always happy to buy a great example but am normally always disappointed by what I find, this example however is great.
It’s a rare UK supplied limited edition model finished in the great shade Sorrento Green with an Anthracite full leather interior. One of the second series examples it also features power steering, making the steering more precise and the car more chuckable and the sunroof, and no(!) it works perfectly and doesn’t squeak or leak.
Delivered new in August 1990 by Peugeot main dealer Lex in Nottingham, the first local owner obviously liked the GTi as he remains the sole registered keeper from new. His appreciation of the car is further shown by a full and comprehensive service history with all invoices and MOT certificates on file. Most recently the car was serviced and checked by the highly respected Peugeot GTi specialists Pug It Off in Brackley.
The car remains in really superb order throughout, it has covered 74,000 miles but each must have been carefully driven as one would think it was a much lower mileage example as there is no evident wear. On the road this 1.9 delivers in spades, despite what has come since it remains so direct and impressive, reminding me of a 1960’s Lotus Elan, high praise indeed.