Snow was falling at Sandown Park for the recent Barons Christmas Classic Sale, but that didn’t put off enthusiastic bidders keen to grab their slice of 80s hot hatch nostalgia.
A 1989 1.9-litre 205 GTI with just 22,000 miles on the clock sold for a whopping £26,620 including fees – storming past its £18,000 – £22,000 estimate.
The Peugeot, one of around 1,400 205 GTIs left on the roads, has been looked after by one lady owner since new. Originally her company car, she bought it outright when she left the firm in 1997. Barons describes it as being in ‘excellent condition’, having always been garaged and kept largely original, save from service items, tyres and replacement boot struts. A search of its MOT history suggests it’s just as good as it looks.
The bonkers thing, however, is this starts to look like a relative bargain when you look at other 205 GTIs that have sold recently. In August 2016, a similar 1989 205 GTI with just 7,986 miles sold for a then-record £30,938. Earlier this year, that record was broken when a 1988 205 GTI showing 5,726 miles sold for £38,480 at the Silverstone Classic sale.
Other highlights from the Barons’ Christmas Classic Sale, held at Sandown Park, include a 1964 Jaguar Mk 3.8 saloon, which hit £41,800 (estimate £22,000-£28,000), and a 1994 Jaguar XJS that was bought for £11,000 (estimate £4,500-£6,000).