This is a stunning 205 GTi. The log book shows just two owners. The car was carefully stored for 20 years. One key fits all locks, spares included. Original Dealer handbooks & original Sales Checklist. It is perfect in every respect. A number of areas of the car have been zinc plated to keep corrosion at bay. They look smashing.
The original sales checklist shows Mr James purchased the car from Bellamys Garage Worthing Limited on 26-08-1988. The original Dealer number plates are still fitted on the car. We’re informed Mr James took the car off the road in 1996 when rocketing car insurance prices made the car uninsurable. An MOT test in the file shows the mileage at that time was recorded at 64617. We’re further advised it came out of hibernation in 2015 in remarkably good nick. The first owner sold the car at Silverstone Auctions in the Spring of 2018. A wealthy private collector battled strong opposition to win the car for the sum of £19 688. The MOT history shows the collector covered around 600miles. Based on the history we estimate this lovely GTi has been on the road for only about 12 years.
The interior is perfect. End of. The original, half leather seats are in superb condition due to the lack of use as are the carpets. The dash in unmarked. The steering wheel has some slight wear, but strangely only in one small area. It’s consistent with a right-handed driver holding the steering at around 2.00 o’clock, presumably with the window down and his elbow out. The electric windows operate flawlessly. The original gear knob is present. All the switches are as they should be.
The paintwork is brilliant. All the trim is bright and unmarked. The headlamps, indicators, rear lamps and bumpers all look to be original, confirming no signs whatsoever of any collision damage. Not surprising with a near one owner car stored for many years.
Engine & transmission
The heart beat of the car is that wonderful 130bhp 1.9 fuel injected non-cat engine. It drives amazing. It pulls cleanly in all cars and brings back magical memories of what this car was like back in the 80’s/90’s. It’s truly marvellous. An added bonus. There is an invoice on file from the Peugeot Specialist in Shropshire, French Connection for nearly £7,000. The invoice details an engine out, strip down, with parts being blasted and zinc coated. At the same time it had a new water pump, cam belt and clutch amongst other things.
Wheels, tyres & brakes
The wheels have been refurbed recently and look like brand new. The tyres look like recent additions too with lots of tread and in great condition. The brake callipers have been zinc coated they look very good. Being a phase 1.5 it is without power steering which makes this a dream to drive.
It is hard to say how good this 205 is. Many of these have been raced/rallied/crashed/ modified or all of the above! Its first owner kept is superb. The second was a very wealthy collector and hardly used it. There are MOT’s and a Dealer Service History on file confirming mileage. With everything done this is ready to enjoy with trouble free mileage, this really is a very rare and special car. If you have spent some time looking for an original very good condition car stop searching you’ve found the car.