1988 Peugeot 205GTI 1.9

Price: US $14,500.00 Item location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • Make: Peugeot
  • Model: 205GTI 1.9
  • Type: Hatchback
  • Trim: Phase 1.5
  • Year: 1988
  • Mileage: 65,400
  • VIN: 00000000000000000
  • Color: Rouge Vallelunga
  • Engine size: 1.9L four cylinder
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Power options: Power Windows
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual w/ 2-speed transfer case
  • Drive type: FWD
  • Interior color: Gray/Silver Phase 1.5
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Options: CD Player, Leather Seats
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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Description:

1988 Peugeot 205GTI 1.9 Phase 1.5

1988 PEUGEOT 205GTI 1.9 (Phase 1.5)
ACTUAL VIN# VSC20CB6201538892
NOTE: THIS VEHICLE IS LOCATED IN DENIA, SPAIN, but I ship tothe USA. Please check my feedback, and please read the entire listing before bidding.
I am an American, living in Spain, and I sell and export vehicles to the USA regularly. Although shipping costs are not included in the price of the sale, I work every month with an established worldwide shipper and will work directly with the buyer to arrange delivery to the USA. I will drop the vehicle off at the port of Valencia for you at no additional cost, prepare all the proper documentation for shipping to the USA, and handle all the US customs and importation on the USA side.
If you would like me to handle the shipping, customs paperwork, and everything for you, the cost is a flat-rate of $1900, port-to-port, to your choice of New York, Baltimore, MD, Jacksonville, FL or Freeport (Galveston), TX. No additional costs. No work on your part. You just pick the car up from the port, fully cleared and released.
Once the vehicle is in your possession, you will also have all the documents you need to register the car in 49 states (California excepted). I can even arrange transportation within the USA, from the port to your driveway. In short, I am here to help with every step of the process of delivering this vehicle to you.
You are of course welcome to fly here and test the car for yourself before you bid, but if that is not feasible, I will be happy to take additional photos, videos, etc. and send them to you. Whatever you need. We can speak on the telephone, or by Skype, so you can see the vehicle in real time before you bid.
If you have any questions, please ask and I will post as many answers here as possible.
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WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

A fantastic, two-owner 205GTI that has spent its entire life on the island of Mallorca and accumulated just 65,000 miles in the process. No rust, no signs of accident damage, and a wonderfully correct and largely original example of what is widely considered the best hot hatch of its era.

The Rouge Vallelunga paintwork is relatively recent and to a very good standard, body panels are straight and rust free with proper gaps and all latches working correctly. The original Speedline wheels, one of my favorite designs from the 1980's, are perfectly straight and free from major damage, with only light rash evident here and there. All exterior trim and lights are correct and as-delivered.

Inside, the door panels, headliner, dashboard and console are entirely free from cracks or damage, and all the original upholstery is intact with no split seams or other damage. There is some minor sagging to the seat cloth (entirely normal for a hatchback of this generation) and typical creasing of the leather bolsters, but no abnormal wear and the entire interior presents very well indeed. The original bright red carpeting is all in place and shows only normal wear for the mileage.

It's a lovely and correct looking 205GTI, and looks like what it is - a well kept, low-mileage, and largely original example that has had very few owners from new.

WHAT'S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

Crikey, it's a hoot.

If you've never driven a 205GTI, it's one of life's simple pleasures that shouldn't be missed. Astonishingly diminutive outside, the interior has remarkable space and plenty or room, even for a big guy like me, and the ergonomics are spot-on. Fire up the 1.9L and it barks to life through a snarly sport exhaust that gets the blood moving. Glance around you and everything is where you'd expect it (with the possible exception of the power window switches), easily within reach, and with a retro-sporting style to the design that takes you immediately back to the somewhat more extroverted days of the late 1980's.

Snick the gear lever into first, let out the clutch, and you're off.

I have always felt that French cars were closer in spirit to Italian cars than anything else, and the 205GTI doesn't do anything to dispel that notion. There is a frenetic, wild-eyed urgency to the this car that isn't matched by any of its competitors. Exceedingly light, and powered by an engine that revs as willingly as anything I can remember from the 1980's, the car feels bloody quick at pretty much any speed. It must have a fig leaf for a flywheel, because the zinginess and rev-happy nature of the motor is incredible, and with pedals perfectly placed for heel-and-toe, blipping the throttle on downshifts bringsinstantaneousresponse from the motor, which makes matching revs as easy as it is exciting. "Raawr! RAAAWR!" Underway it really goes, this thing. Although plenty quick, it feels even quicker, and the visibility and ease of control make you feel comfortable pushing right off the bat. The unassisted steering is perfectly weighted with outstanding feedback, the gear change is light but mechanical feeling, and the brakes are sure and potent with plenty of modulation available through the pedal. There is nothing rubbery or disconnected about the little Peugeot. It's all energy and nerves, like it's constantly whispering in your ear: "Come ON. Let's GO!!" Nothing else from the period feels as eager. Not an A2 Golf GTI, not even a Lancia Delta HF Turbo. It's quite easy to see why the 205's Group B cousins were such successful rally cars in the hands of Timo Salonen, Juha Kankkunen and the like.

This example doesn't do anything it shouldn't. The engine sounds wonderful, has been freshly serviced, and doesn't leak. All the controls are correct with no play or noises, and everything works. Every gauges, every light, everything. With fresh oil it is ready to be used daily and happily terrorize whatever neighborhood it finds itself in next.

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