Published on October 16th, 2020 | by Amirul Mukminin0
Peugeot to Restore a 205 GTi for Its 210th Anniversary
Some automakers celebrate their anniversary by releasing a special edition model. Peugeot is doing it with a bit more style i.e. by restoring a 205 GTi 1.9L.
Set to be carried out in the Aventure Peugeot workshops located in Sochaux, France, the restoration process will leverage the talent and know-how of the employees specialised in the different trades essential for this project. This includes the master technicians, former factory workers, body restorers, textile trimmers and sheet metal workers.
According to Peugeot, traditional subcontractors will be called upon to provide any missing parts. The company will also use additive 3D manufacturing to fabricate parts that are no longer in production.
The 205 GTi was considered to be one of the greatest cars Peugeot has ever made. It made its debut in 1984 with a 1.6-litre engine that made 105 PS. The 1.9-litre variant followed suit two years later with 128 PS on tap and a 0-100 km/h sprint time of just 7.8 seconds.
As you might remember, the 205 GTi was the basis for the 205 T16 rally car that competed in the grueling Group B of the World Rally Championship. Peugeot also built 200 road-going examples of the T16 for homologation purposes.
In celebration of PEUGEOT’s 210th anniversary, Aventure PEUGEOT has confirmed plans to restore and sell original and authenticated examples of classic models – beginning with the iconic 205 GTi.
Vehicles will be restored at the workshops of the Musée de l’Aventure PEUGEOT in Sochaux, France, and will receive a certificate of authenticity before being made available for sale. PEUGEOT owners and enthusiasts will be able to request a quote and have their car fully or partially restored by the museum’s expert technicians from early 2021.
The first car to begin refurbishment as part of the new programme is a PEUGEOT 205 GTi 1.9L finished in black.
The new programme will draw upon the knowledge and talent of the museum’s specialist craftspeople who are essential to restoring each car to like-new condition, with master technicians, former factory workers, body restorers, textile trimmers and sheet metal workers all having a significant input to each vehicle.
Spare parts are essential to any restoration, and Aventure PEUGEOT has obtained the necessary stock and warehouse operations required to support the new scheme. Traditional subcontractors will be used for any missing parts and advanced 3D manufacturing techniques will be used for parts that are no longer in production.
From 2021, a dedicated resource will be available at www.laventurepeugeotcitroends.fr to sell and showcase these unique vehicles once they have received their “Par l’Aventure PEUGEOT” badging and certification.