The 205 1.9 GTi needs no introduction to anybody who was a car enthusiast in the 1980's & 90's in Europe. Back then, magazines all held the little Peugeot in the highest regard for it's immensely entertaining handling abilities whilst being able to provide fast progress from A to B. Never a dull journey. Despite being a small car, it's design meant it was practical to use, whilst being attractive to look at. In hot hatch terms this was the truest legend, which has never since been bettered by Peugeot despite 4 or more subsequent attempts.... after the 205's iconic greatness, it has been easy to lose interest in it's younger siblings by comparison. Weighing only 880kg & being of small design with a well designed chassis meant the 205 1.9 GTi was and still remains one of the best-handling hot hatches ever built.
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Having been enthusiasts for these hot hatches ourselves back in the 80's & 90's, we've since taken a keen interest during the few occasions when top condition examples of iconic European hot hatches have come up in Japan; which is always a rare occasion since so few of such cars were supplied new in Japan. Until recently, these cars had always been too expensive to import from Japan back to Europe, but as we see well kept original examples sharply increasing in value & desirability in UK & beyond now, we have begun to look at these cars more seriously when they do come up for sale, being prepared to invest what it takes to secure the very best examples we could obtain from Japan. In truth we've been searching for good 205 GTi 1.9's here for over 2 years and this is only the 2nd example that inspired us to make sure we obtained it for Newera's stock when we came across it. It was obvious to us on first sight this was the car we had been looking for so long.
To explain this original 205's total rust free condition it's important to understand that in Japan, all roads are drained of water through the use of efficient concrete storm ditches (there are heavy rains at times from typhoons and Japan is 70% mountain terrain with forest, so safety is paramount). This means there is no mud & debris washed onto roads during storms, unlike what is commonly seen in Europe. Roads in Japan are also probably the best maintained worldwide, without potholes, mostly smooth surfaces with good grip, etc. Japan is also the country with the largest network of roads in the world for a given area.
No salt, grit or sand is laid on surfaces over winters in the most populated areas, as urban towns & cities are invariably built on lower plains, due to risk of earthquakes and consequential landslides that would be risked if building on mountain areas. Because roads are well designed and maintained in Japan, this means undersides of Japanese cars don't tend to be covered in electrolytic dirt and so when the underside gets wet in rain corrosion is much less likely to develop. Essentially the cars are washed by clean rain in Japan if they get wet and explains why cars used in Japan are typically completely rust free, including their undersides and all components. By contrast if you feel the inner arch of a car that's been on British roads for a decade or more, it will have corrugated dirt built up inside, which is electrolytic when wet and therefore corrosive. Corrosion to these Peugeots was common in much of Europe, where they were road driven on typically much harsher roads than found in Japan.
Most 205 1.9 GTi's supplied in Japan were LHD. This is because since WW2 (Until the late 70's Japan wasn't known for manufacturing high quality prestige or Sports cars) LHD cars in Japan have been considered status symbols. This also explains why virtually all the imported sports & prestige cars in Japan remain LHD today.
This 205 GTi 1.9 is very likely the lowest original mileage 205 GTi 1.9 facelift example left in existence. As such it represents a unique opportunity for a discerning collector who isn't phased by the car being LHD, if intending to use it in the UK. This Sorrento Green Metallic example is one of 300 special editions built as a facelift. Original specifications included green carpet, black dashboard trim, grey half leather and facelift exterior trim too. Note the 205 GTi facelift tail lights, rear reflective "205 GTi" trim and facelift bulged bonnet. This car is equipped with (very rare!) factory fitted air conditioning. It also has power steering & central locking.
This particular example has had one owner since new & was stored away and started from time to time & due to owner's age was not registered for road use in Japan since 2006, which partly serves to explain it's very low mileage. It's in perfect mechanical health, starting instantly and settling down to a steady idle after it's warm-up, good tight gearbox with no synchromesh wear problems, chassis with original underside paint & ZERO rust, unmarked wheels and an excellent original interior. Note tyres are new also. Once it arrives to the UK, it'll receive a complete inspection, full service inclusive of brakes & all engine service items, be presented in perfect order ready for daily use, should the new owner want to put it to such tasks.
All original keys are also included, as well as original Japanese manuals. The original Peugeot hifi is in the boot & a Clarion CD/USB/Radio has been professionally installed.
There is proof of original mileage from the shaken certificate, we will supply a scan of the original with the car on completion, so that paperwork can continue to tie in with onward ownership & care with this car's new owner in the UK. Service history is also included.
Exterior & Interior Condition Report: In keeping with the history of it's life in Japan this example, although rust proofed as new from the factory, has no corrosion at all to the underside. Even the original exhaust is still rust free and has original paint on! The fuel pump, although original still has original nickel plating on hose fittings, black paint on brackets, etc. The wheels have no bubbles of corrosion beneath the surface and are unmarked. Tyres are new Toiyo DRB 185/55R15 . The plastics are in excellent condition, inclusive of bumper corners & arches, mirrors, etc. The bodywork shows this car's been well loved and cared for. The Sorrento Green paint is flawless with a beautiful reflective finish.
Interior is similarly beautiful & stunningly well kept. The leather is perfect throughout with only some typical ageing to the front seat cloth over it's 25 years of life with limited use.
Interior condition is amongst the very best of what we have typically seen in 205's in Japan, yet alone Europe. Note that the steering wheel is also in near new condition. Carpets are original and without staining and as with the exterior, all the plastics are well preserved too. The electrics all work fine. This has been a non-smoker's car and it would appear the cigar lighter has never been used.
We didn't like the fitted mats in the car so we ordered a brand new custom fitted set, complete with "205 GTi" on the front mats. We came across a 205 Keyring, with the iconic Speedline 15" wheel design as a centerpiece of the fob, which will be provided with the car's original keys. We like perfection in every detail. The bodywork is excellent with just 3 pin dents to the doors. We'll be getting these professionally removed by a specialist who does excellent work in the UK.
Comparing this to a car that's been on European roads all of it's life would be a mistake. This Japanese example is not a restored rust heap from Europe, but a car that has always been completely rust free. It's never seen salt, grit, sand or other corrosives to it's underside. By contrast a car in Europe that's likely been restored, will have had rust repairs that may not be visible, but is likely to return over time. With Japan's smooth roads combined with low mileage this example's got much less wear to chassis and other mechanical components too. Not least this car has factory fitted air conditioning which of course blew refreshingly cool on the warm day we shot pictures you see on our site. It also has factory fitted power steering & central locking - all desirable and difficult to find on 205's nowadays, yet alone one as original and low mileage as this.
Road Test: The engine starts perfectly and settles down to a steady idle from cold, with good strong oil pressure. With mileage this low and typically frequent Japanese oil change intervals, it has no mechanical wear. Gearbox shows no wear to synchros. We noted the coolant temperature gauge is not set correctly to zero with the engine off & so as a precaution we checked to make sure the automatic fan came on & off as it should - In confirming this indicates to us the car's engine temp is perfect, only the pointer is indicating incorrectly. This is something we will take care of as part of UK preparation.
Performance is good, as to be expected from a car this light, but most notable is the enthusiasm with which this car can be thrown into corners. It feels small because it is, yet the interior isn't cramped at all. The factory slidable sunroof's pneumatic seal works perfectly too. There's nothing at all we could find amis with this example, except from the small detailed items listed above, which are being put right once the car is imported to the UK.
This Peugeot 205 1.9 GTi is currently held in Japan where it's safely stored under cover for now, but will shortly depart for the UK. Judging by how fast our previous red example sold, we will be surprised if this one is not reserved very fast, being of top condition & low mileage and better than the previous 205 we sold at the end of 2015.
UK (on the road ) package includes all costs such as full inspection and service, professional quality detailing & protection to paintwork and new MOT (required for registration) with 12 months comprehensive warranty.
Contact us if you're after the very best Peugeot 1.9 GTi available. Also, if enquiring from other countries, ask about our FOB package. Price On Application.
Hurry, if you're a collector of a serious nature. Once this is gone it will take us a year if not longer to find a replacement in Japan, or never again as the case may prove. Examples as good as this will continue to rise strongly in value as time goes on.
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