Peu­geot 205

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Theo Ford-Sagers

EN­GINE 1580cc/4-cyl/OHC POWER 105bhp@6250rpm TORQUE 98lb ft@4000rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 116mph 0-60MPH 8.6sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 26-34mpg TRANS­MIS­SION FWD, five-speed man­ual MoT 12 months ODOME­TER 69,125 miles


The en­gine is a lit­tle lumpy when fired from cold and even­tu­ally set­tles to 1400rpm – a bit higher than ideal. Its re­cent pe­riod of in­ac­tiv­ity has prob­a­bly not done it any favours, but hope­fully fresh fuel and a long run will get it run­ning nor­mally again. On the road it’s ev­ery bit as frisky as you’d hope, with am­ple power through­out the rev range, a fruity stain­less steel ex­haust note and bags of me­chan­i­cal grip – no ad­verse wob­bles or noises to spoil the fun. The gear link­age feels a lit­tle woolly (a com­mon com­plaint on 205s) but each ra­tio se­lects cleanly and the brakes (drums at the rear) are in fine fet­tle.


The car has been re­sprayed to a rea­son­ably high stan­dard, though the beige slam panel ap­pears to have es­caped the spray gun. Only the wind­screen and off-side rear win­dow are stamped with the cor­rect regis­tra­tion num­ber and the tail­gate has an un­used aper­ture (pos­si­bly for a screen washer), both of which sug­gest body restora­tion that’s not made ex­plicit in the ser­vice his­tory. It ap­pears to cor­ro­sion free, but you’ll need to put it on a ramp to know for cer­tain. The tyres are new, match­ing En­duro 185/60 R14s, and the as-new al­loys are all fit­ted with lock­ing wheel nuts. Ex­te­rior plastic trim, mir­rors and head­lamps are spot on, but the rusty front foglamps need to be re­placed.


The driver’s seat is good, but there is some fray­ing at the rear edge of the pas­sen­ger seat, sug­gest­ing the cloth in­te­rior has been re­placed with one from a left-hand-drive car. The only other sig­nif­i­cant wear is some dam­age at the top of the rear seat. An in­ter­mit­tent rat­tle from the head­lin­ing might warrant in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but the sun­roof works and ap­pears to seal well. The car­pets, mats, door trim and roof lin­ing are all un­stained and in­tact and all the elec­tri­cal equip­ment works, though the af­ter­mar­ket Ken­wood stereo looks a lit­tle shabby.


There’s some ev­i­dence of DIY wiring around the bat­tery and a lit­tle sur­face cor­ro­sion on the off­side in­ner wing. The oil is clean and to the cor­rect level, the ra­di­a­tor looks to be in par­tic­u­lar good con­di­tion, and there’s no ev­i­dence of leaks. The ser­vice his­tory in­cludes a few hand­book stamps from early in the car’s life, some old MoT cer­tifi­cates and a £530 bill in 2016 to sort a mis­fire and the rear brakes. Nine pre­vi­ous own­ers are listed on the V5.


This much sought-af­ter hot hatch is ready to de­liver, and de­serves more ac­tion than it’s seen in the last few years. More doc­u­men­ta­tion de­tail­ing its re­cent re­fur­bish­ment would be nice and it’s not per­fect but if the un­der­side is as rust-free as the body, it’s worth the money.


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