Saturday, August 23, 2014

10k: The Other GTi: 1985 Peugeot 205 GTi

Famed Coriscan general Napoleone di Buonaparte is quoted to have said in regards to Robert Fulton's steamboat: "How, sir, would you make a ship sail against the wind and currents by lighting a bonfire under her deck? I pray you, excuse me, I have not the time to listen to such nonsense."  One can only imagine what sort of snooty things old shorty McFancy pants would have said about the Peugeot 205.  Find this 1985 Peugeot 205 offered for $11,000 in Annapolis, MD via craigslist.  Tip from 505turbeaux.

This Peugeot 205 has been transplanted from its native land like a member of the French Foreign Legion, and now lives in Maryland.  The seller assures us that it is totally legal, which is a good thing because the Department of Homeland Security seems to spend more time confiscating grey market cars than giving folks protological examples at the airport.  Why a 1980s or 2000 model year Land Rover poses more of the threat to our safety than a 1950s Chevy is entirely beyond my comprehension, but an entire department of jackbooted gov't bureaucrats is helping keep the import car market pricing dynamic to say the least.  Be sure to thoroughly check and double check the import papers and vin tags on any grey-market vehicle.

This Peugeot 205 GTi is powered by a 1.9 liter XU9JA inline-4 from an '87 GTi -- pushing 128 horsepower into a 5-speed manual gearbox.  Despite the understeer prone front wheel drive, the GTi makes for a fun driving experience.

The interior of this GTi shows a right hand drive setup meaning this car came from the UK, but has been somewhat prepared for motorsports.  The car has a roll bar currently installed, but the seller says you can finish the installation of the entire roll cage -- but I'd hate to ruin the dash and do the things necessary for a full cage.

 See a cooler Euro import for less?


  1. ...and it's got a license plate frame from a now-defunct Ford dealer (although there's another one operating in that town now) about ten miles from here, which is all the way across the country from where the car is currently registered.

    I wasn't aware they once sold Peugeots, but then that would have been a few years before I moved down this way.

  2. That's a lot of money for that thing.

  3. Should be ok DOT and EPA-wise since it is over the 25 year rule.

  4. One of my bucket list cars. I would, however, prefer the left hand drive version from France. Wonderful cars if you get it. A perplexing odd ball econobox if you don't.

  5. CAUTION- Falling prices:

  6. Rented one when 'we' did Italy. If you've never experienced a non-DOT vehicle, the windshield will actually flex upon hand pressure being, well, non-DOT. As engine was failing at rev's and no other rental desired, you do Venice until replaced. No cars. Heck, no trees. Like a curvacious NYC on water sans traffic.


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