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 this 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 5 or more subsequent attempts.... after the 205's iconic greatness, it has always been easy to forget nostalgic interests 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.
Watch Autocar road test of the legendary 205 1.9 GTi - to see what they had to say about it's qualities. See also Motors comparison between 205 & 208 GTi
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 actually 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 3 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.
Please note it's colour is Sorrento Green Metallic. It can look black in shaded / cloudy weather & at night, yet pops in sunlight, as a dark metallic green. They've always been very rare and difficult to find in perfect condition like this, yet alone nowadays - how many of the limited edition of 300 made still exist today? A handful, if that could be reasonably expected, yet alone in condition like this.
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 absolutely 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 get 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 clean 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 - where all of its panels and underside remain factory original to this day, nothing like the usual UK examples that have typically already suffered from rust and had repairs to replace rotted chassis and other parts.
As such this 205 GTi 1.9 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 just 300 special editions built. Original specifications include green carpet, green checked cloth, black interior trim, grey half leather with matching facelift exterior trim too. Note the 205 GTi facelift tail lights and facelift bulged bonnet. This car is equipped with (very rare) factory fitted air conditioning too. 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 (since new!), unmarked wheels and an excellent unmarked interior. Note tyres are new also. Now arrived to the UK, it has been treated to full service inclusive of brakes & all engine service items (ignition included) and is presented in perfect order ready for daily use, should the new owner want to put it to such tasks (Hopefully not, would be a shame to waste an example like this with all year use!).
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: First off, 2D pictures don't do this car the justice it deserves, especially since it's very difficult to show the different hues the paint work has depending on (sun)light intensity. 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. The fuel pump, although original still has original nickel plating on hose fittings, factory black paint on brackets, etc. The wheels have no bubbles of corrosion beneath the surface and are unmarked. Tyres are new Toyo 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 throughout - with a beautiful reflective finish, as shown in pictures.
Interior is similarly beautiful & stunningly well kept. The leather is perfect throughout with no wear or ageing to the original cloth. Interior condition is amongst the very best of what we have typically seen in 205's in Japan, yet alone Europe, where mileages tend to be a lot higher. Carpets are original and without staining and as with the exterior & all the plastics are well preserved too. The electrics all work perfectly. This has been a non-smoker's car and it would appear the cigar lighter has never been used either. We didn't like the fitted mats that came with this 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.
Comparing this to a 205 GTi 1.9 that's been on European roads all of it's life would be a mistake. This Japanese example has never seen salt, grit, sand or other corrosives to it's underside, which makes it's condition inclusive of the underside something unique.
By contrast a car in Europe that's likely been restoration work (aside from possibly the lowest mileage unicorns), will have had rust repairs that may not be now visible, but 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 synchromesh, as to be expected of a car of this low an original mileage. 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 of course. In essence, this car has a tight original feel, that confirms it's low mileage and well cared for life.
Currently safely stored at our facilities in Leicestershire (With our partners JT Auto classics) whilst awaiting sale - this car is warmed and driven slowly around private estate grounds in dry weather at least once a month, to maintain it in perfect fettle. Now in the UK and we are certain the first person to see it will fall in love with it, just as we have. 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.
For the discerning collector who can tell the difference between the average examples for sale in the UK & on the continent & the rare truly first class, such as this example - the future owner for this limited edition 2.5 GTi 1.9 will realise this is something absolutely unique and not to be missed. Supplied fully road registered in the UK, complete with 12 months MOT and comprehensive UK warranty.
Note: We are able to arrange safe & fully insured professional delivery to Europe & worldwide. Viewing is welcome by prior appointment.
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