1989 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9
This 1989 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9 is arguably one of the first-ever hot hatches and presents in immaculately restored condition today. It is powered by a 1.9-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine which sends 75kW (100hp) through the front wheels. Each 205 GTI is mated solely to a five-speed manual gearbox. This example shows 78,535km on the odometer since new.
Alongside Peugeot’s rally-spec 205 T16 which dominated the Group B rally championship, Peugeot unveiled the 205 GTI in 1984 and it quickly won the hearts of hot hatch enthusiasts the world over. Not only did it become the benchmark with which its contemporary competition was tested against (including the famous VW Golf GTI), it sold incredibly well for Peugeot and earned a cult classic status that is still revered to this day. This tiny Peugeot hatchback body was fitted with a comparatively huge 1.9-litre engine and handled unlike anything else near its price point. Peugeot has tried hard to recreate some of the magic in years after, though has never quite achieved the greatness of the original 205 GTI.
This example is specified in Metallic Graphite over a red/grey cloth interior and features a series of as-new or original parts. This car is fitted with the grey plastic backplate rather than the less-desirable red reflector and rides on a set of 14-inch ‘pepper pot’ alloy wheels painted in silver. Its red exterior striping details and ‘1.9 GTI’ C-pillar marking signifies a bigger-engined 1.9-litre car, rather than its 1.6-litre stablemate.
This Australian-delivered car was delivered new by Regan Motors in Balwyn, Victoria in the late 1980s, though less is known in the intervening years to now. It sat for a long while after around 2005 until being picked up by its current owner in 2018. It was then given a full recommission with a focus on the mechanicals and the paintwork. The goal was to bring the car back to as-new condition, which it presents as now. Necessary repairs at the time of the recommissioning process included the replacement of most gaskets, timing belt, water pump, and tensioner bearing, along with the replacement of all filters and fluids.
Since purchasing the car in 2018 the current owner commissioned a full respray which still presents flawlessly today. There are no noticeable scratches, dents, or makings on the car’s exterior paintwork and all trim pieces look to be in very good condition. All four wheels are unmarked of damage and the 2016-dated Dunlop tyres retain a healthy amount of tread. The panel fit is as good as it left the factory and there are no issues with opening and closing of doors.
Interior condition is best described as ‘time warp’, showing very little use over the years. Some minor fraying of material can be seen on the bolsters of the driver’s seat, though the red carpets, dashboard, and steering wheel all present in remarkable order for their age. The original tape deck player remains in this car, scoring full originality points. It is also fitted with air conditioning, power windows, and a factory sunroof.
The car still retains a number of original stickers and documentation which will be supplied with a successful sale, unfortunately the services books were lost by a previous owner and are no longer with the vehicle.
This listing is to the best of the sellers knowledge and is not misleading or deceptive in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently registered in Victoria under a club permit and is not transferable. There are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number.
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