309 GTi with less than 100,000 kilometers
The example offered in Sochaux, France, was built in 1993 and is therefore almost a classic car. The current seller brought the 309 from the UK to France in 2012, where the right-hand drive GTi is currently registered. The speedometer shows just 57,250 miles, which corresponds to almost 92,150 kilometers.
According to the advertisement, the rare Peugeot is in good original condition with minor signs of wear. For example, there is a small dent on the rear wheel arch on the passenger side. The headlights, which had to be replaced for the French registration (because of the asymmetrical light distribution), are no longer original. In addition, the 309 has a slight lowering and a different rear silencer.
Engine from the legendary 205 GTi
Time for a brief look at the history of the 309 GTi, which has not had an easy time of it. At the time of production, Peugeot was able to sell around five times as many 205 GTi as 309 GTi, which even the more powerful 309 GTi 16V with 160 hp engine from the 405 could not change. According to expert estimates, there is only one roadworthy 309 GTi for every 15 205 GTi still in existence today. This makes the 309, which is optionally available as a three- or five-door, a real exotic car.
While the 205 GTi and other Peugeot hot hatches are sought-after collector’s items today, the 309 GTi is still under the radar. Previous owners even attested that the 309 GTi had better driving characteristics than its smaller brother. Despite its significantly larger dimensions, the 309 GTi weighed just 20 kilos more than the 205 GTi at 930 kilos. The 1.9-liter four-cylinder had 130 hp (from 1992 only 120 hp) and accelerated the 4.05 meter long 309 to 100 km/h in a smooth 8.0 seconds.
How much does the Peugeot cost now?
The well-equipped 309 GTi is sold with fresh service. However, there is some confusion about the price. The eBay ad says a buy it now price of 14,280 euros, but the text mentions an asking price of 12,000 euros. In addition, the vehicle has been advertised for quite a while. A good basis for price negotiations. Provided you don’t mind that the steering wheel is on the “wrong” side.