For our American reader base, these two French trinkets aren’t a sight too common. On the left, the 106 XSi, and on the right, the 205 CTi. Which one tickles your fancy?
If you’re looking for lightweight, hatchback-derived fun, the Peugeots offer it in a simple, inexpensive form. This post shows you these two Helsinki sightings.
The Peugeot 106 came in GTi and Rallye form in its day, but the XSi can be considered as a cheaper alternative to the more coveted hotter hatches. The 1.4-litre engine in this 1995 XSi produced something in the general ballpark of 100 horsepower, and the whole car weighed little more than 800kg. This means you could probably beat it around street corners all day, with it responding with gusto.
A hatch and a tail that would make our hatchback-inclined Ray bush. The rosé colour looks excellent on this, and the badge and wiper delete on the hatch leave the rear end looking deliciously clean.
The white Speedline wheels have been resprayed in later years, and are off another Peugeot, but are a working addition to the looks. I also spy a red-sprayed brake caliber.
The rear wheel couldn’t be much further back, could it?
Speaking of backs, this one declares the model quite clearly in large Peugeot Talbot Sport script. The drop-top 205 with the 1.6 GTi engine was called the CTi, C standing for Cabriolet most likely. I have no idea if the convertible top in this 1989 still holds water, or whether it ever did, but the plastic rear screen has gone opaque a good while ago.
The 205 isn’t too clean, either, but these really hold their own against rust even in our harsh climate. Not that the cabriolet 205 should see winter weather too much. The seats have been covered with the cheapest covers possible, but the Cup wheel inspired alloys do not look too bad, even if the bolts on them are fake as anything.
Both these cars, or rather ones like them can be gotten for 1500-2000 eur. Which one would you take, if a good example came along?
[Images: Copyright 2013 Hooniverse/Antti Kautonen]