This was the car to own in Japan at the time. The first Skyline with factory turbo charging, a power pack of 193 ps and all the types of modern technology that was currently available. Stupendously successful in the flame-spitting Japanese “Super Silhouette” series.
22 years after it came out, I finally get to own one. I have looked, I have dreamt and now it’s here. Having learnt the hard way, you can’t just buy any car, you have to buy the right car.
Until October 2011, this car was owned by a little old lady and when she passed away, her husband sold it to a guy at their local Peugeot dealer. He drove it 700 kilometres and now it’s mine. Let me be clear: I am the third owner of this completely original Peugeot 205 GTI Le Mans. Less than 100 000 kms are on the odometer. Now I just have to tend to some minor cosmetic dings and it’ll be in tip top shape.
The engine is a 1,9 litre 122 hp marvel of fun and the chassis is incredibly responsive and communicative. No power steering or ABS makes for incredible handling and the lift off oversteer is just magical! The crappy Korean tyres help make the driving even more fun. Less grip = bigger smile.