Lot 213 - 1989 Peugeot `205 GTi Dimma (1.9 litre)
|Odometer reading||110,000 miles|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £9,240|
The Peugeot 205 was produced between 1983 and 1998 and was declared 'Car of the Decade' by CAR magazine in 1990. The styling of the 205 is often thought to be a Pininfarina design; however Gerard Welter, Peugeot's chief designer, claims it as an in-house design; and the car is often credited as the car which turned Peugeot's fortunes around. The GTi version came in 1.6 litre and 1.9 litre engine derivatives and is considered one of the very best hot hatches of all time. Compared to modern cars they can be tricky to handle due to their tendency towards oversteer and an absence of electronic driver aids. However the 205 GTi is still known to offer a very rewarding driving experience and is still mentioned to this day in group car tests of the newest GTi models or equivalent.
This desirable Peugeot 1.9 GTi was given the Rally-inspired Dimma treatment by a former owner and Peugeot enthusiast. Well known within the Peugeot Owners' Club and indeed further afield, this model has attended many Peugeot shows in the past and has also been magazine featured, The last owner prior owned the car for 10 years and was part of the PSOC. Finished in white with original GTi interior and to a very high standard and correct Dimma wheels we are advised by the vendor that the car is mechanically 'spot on' with a good gear change, something that can haunt the 205 GTi and smooth engine. A current MoT test certificate is valid until February 2018 and original handbooks and many bills are contained within the history file. Unlike many aftermarket 'body kits' the Peugeot Dimma has always had a well-respected following amongst Peugeot and sports car enthusiasts; this example is certainly a head turner and will attract much attention.