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Rare opportunity: Peugeot 205 GTI from 1 owner

The Peugeot 205 is an icon! The small car was sold almost 5.3 million times between 1983 and 1998 – and in Germany it was the best-selling Peugeot up to the 206. As early as 1984, Peugeot introduced the 205 GTI as a sports model, which as a 1.6 initially delivered 103 hp (often referred to as 105 hp) and later as a 1.9 even unleashed 128 hp on the front wheels. The 205 GTI is still considered one of the most legendary French hot hatches. This is also reflected in the price: an original 205 GTI in good condition has not been available at a bargain price for a long time!

1st hand Peugeot 205 GTI on eBay

A Peugeot 205 GTI with a great history is currently being offered on eBay. The highlight in addition to the low mileage: the little Frenchman comes from the first owner. The seller bought the 205 from a Peugeot dealership in Berlin in April 1988 and hasn’t let it out of his hands since – until now!

Valuation report with grade 2+

After 34 years, the time has come to say goodbye. The Peugeot is presented in the pictures in very good condition. This impression is underlined by a Classic Data appraisal with a grade of 2+. The GTI has only driven 75,200 kilometers in its lifetime, which is because it was intended as a pure fun car from the start.

eBay Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9

The Speedline rims are not original, but they can be considered contemporary tuning – which is why the GTI also got the H license plate.


In 1997 it was deregistered and then only rarely moved with short-term license plates before it was put back into operation in 2020. However, only after extensive service work has been carried out. Among other things, the timing belt including the water pump, radiator and brake lines were renewed.
The GTI was also given new tires and a fresh battery, and all the fluids were changed. In this context, the approval for the H license plate was carried out directly. The Peugeot is said to have passed the last appointment with the TÜV in March 2022 without any complaints.
eBay Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9

The interior is presented in immaculate original condition. The 205 GTI did not have an airbag steering wheel in 1988.

Of course, the 205 is accident-free, but there are repaints on the front apron, bonnet and one door. Minor defects include occasional misfires in the right electric window regulator and a missing plastic cover on the right exterior mirror. But the car is rust-free, since it was always deregistered in winter.

1.9 liter four-cylinder without cat

The 205 GTI, registered for the first time on April 18, 1988, is one of the last examples with the 1.9-liter four-cylinder without a catalytic converter. The 128 hp accelerate the GTI, which weighs only 875 kilos, to 100 km/h in just 7.6 seconds km/h and up to a top speed of 208 km/h.

205 GTI with contemporary tuning

With the 205 offered here, however, more should be possible, because over the years the Peugeot has been refined with all kinds of well-known tuning parts. In addition to a Sebring exhaust with stainless steel exhaust manifold, the four-cylinder was optimized by Heisel Motorsport in 1993 with special pistons and a modified camshaft.

Because you were already there, a sports clutch was also installed. Unfortunately, it is not known how much power the Peugeot has now.

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Some minor changes have also been made visually. The radiator grille without the Peugeot logo is just as non-original as the Eibach lowering springs and the Speedline rims. What might discourage originality fetishists, however, should please those seeking performance.

ebay Peugeot 309 GTI Goodwood

If it doesn’t necessarily have to be a 205 GTI: the big brother 309 GTI is a bit cheaper.

Either way, it is clear that such well-kept Peugeot 205 GTIs are now very rare, especially from first owners. The fact that the entire history is documented speaks for the example shown here. All invoices and proofs and even the original sales contract are given to the buyer.

The offered GTI is not a bargain

With a few days left, the current highest bid is currently 17,335 euros, but something is likely to happen there. The range of used 205 GTIs in Germany is very small, while interest in the French hot hatch is great.

1st hand Peugeot 205 GTI on eBay

Ready-to-drive specimens start at around 10,000 euros, and really good GTIs regularly cost over 20,000 euros – and the 205 shown here should also enter this price range. If that’s too much money for you: the even rarer Peugeot 309 GTI is a little cheaper!

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