This year, 2020, will be a major milestone for Peugeot. Not only is the parent company PSA Group detailing the merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), but it is also celebrating its 210th anniversary. To commemorate the latter opportunity, we purchased one of the most famous and beloved models, the Peugeot 205 GTi, and asked our experts to restore it completely.
Peugeot has chosen to revive the GTi after it has a 1.9-liter 4-cylinder engine. The previous car got 1.6 liters 4. This car was often considered one of the best early hot hatchbacks ever manufactured and provided the basis for some great rally cars. Photos published by car makers suggest that a black hatchback is a solid starting point. No information is available about this GTi’s past, but the image shows a car that has largely escaped the devastation of tuning in the 1990s, has not transformed into a hill climb racer, and appears to be unbroken. Welded using 3 different car parts. It’s half the battle in the GTi world.
But that doesn’t mean it lived an easy life. Both bumpers are damaged, the paint is thinned, there are numerous dents and dents on the body, underneath there are traces of rust, and there are signs of amateur repair. Fortunately, the French company said it has been storing classic model parts for over 7 years and has most of the components needed to bring this GTi back into stock.
In the next few weeks, all machines will be rebuilt, rust will be cut, the interior will be completely redecorated and the shell will be painted with new black paint. Peugeot’s in-house professionals perform all of these tasks, but the company leverages its vast network of aftermarket suppliers as needed.
Once that is done, the 205 GTi could join Peugeot’s heritage collection in Sochaux, France. At the same time as promoting the company’s lesser-known restoration business, we will increase the catalog of parts for classic cars.
210 years young
Peugeot turned 210 on September 26, 1810. Established as a steel mill, it soon began manufacturing tools such as saw blades, pliers, screwdrivers, wrenches and hammers. We started manufacturing pepper mills and coffee mills in the 1840s, and in 1882 we started manufacturing a variety of bicycles. In 1889, he produced the first car, the steam-powered Type 1.