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A Grand Monday: Peugeot 205

Published 16 March 2015

Launched in 1983, the Peugeot 205 revolutionised the French marque’s sales here in Britain, transforming the company’s image and paving the way for a whole new generation of models. The 205 is certainly one of our favourite superminis of the ’80s, with even the smaller-engined versions offering a lively driving style and class-leading handling.

The other good news is that the 205 is one of those classic superminis that still offers great value, and there’s no shortage of low-mileage examples usually available – including this 1.1 Style five-door, which has covered just 36,000 miles from new and is described by its trade vendor as ‘in fantastic condition’.

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Dating from 1991, this 205 has been driven an average of just 1500 miles a year, which explains why it looks so original – even down to its Style wheel trims. It’s a little over our Grand Monday budget at £1295, but you never know what a spot of haggling might achieve.

What cars like this prove, however, is that even with limited funds it’s still possible to buy a low-mileage, well-cared-for modern classic that will turn heads and (hopefully) provide dependable daily transport. It might not be a GTi, but neither is it priced like one. We reckon any standard-spec 205 that’s unmolested and in great nick makes a heck of a lot of sense.

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