– “Pétit Lion”, 1988 Peugeot 205 CTi Cabrio
– anthracite-metallic paintwork and red/black fabric interior
– 1.6 litre 4-cylinder petrol engine with 76 kW (103 hp) and 5-speed manual gearshift
– over 4,000 € invested in 2017, receipts available
– new soft top including linkage
– new battery
– Blaupunkt cassette radio on board
– German registration documents, valid technical approval until 03/2019
– pretty specimen of Peugeot’s popular 205
Without exaggeration, one can say that the Peugeot 205 marked a turning point in history for the world’s 2nd oldest car manufacturer. The PSA group had in 1980 incurred a loss – for the first time ever. Owing to the instant and enduring success of the 205, which was presented in 1983 and produced for a full 15 years with very little visual changes, the company not only recovered, but thrived. The “little lion”, as it was lovingly called, was a highly versatile and thoroughly modern compact 3- and 5-door hatchback, which came with an immensely rich engine palette. Forever popular was the GTI, which by name and nature rivalled with its VW Golf counterpart. In 1986, the Pininfarina-styled convertible variant was added, and in the same year, an automatic gearbox became an option.
A total of over 5.3 million units sold meant a new company record for Peugeot at that time. Over 410,000 copies went to customers in Germany, where in the years 1985 and 1986, the 205 was the best selling imported car. Unforgotten are the successes on the rallye tracks around the globe, where the mid-engined 205 Turbo 16 achieved many victories.