Jan 21, 2007
I used to have one the exact same. But I still think they are stunning and seriously cool!!
Handle like a go kart and getting quite rare now so gets a cool from me.
Almost the same cult status as the Mk2 Golf GTI imo, too bad most of them have rotted away to nothing, for the ones that are still about, they demand respect on the twisty stuff.
I used to have Graphite Grey 1.9GTI when I was 18 the insurance was steap but what a car. I put 15" TSW Stealths on it a must have at the time, Avo adjustable suspension, Stainless exhaust etc, it was awesome, handled like a Go Kart, part of me wishes I never sold it.
Mind you I did get through a set of Yoko A510's in 3000 miles.
A couple of mate's had these when I had my MkII GTI. They were definitely rapid and nice on the corners but sometimes wondered if the chassis was up to the job at hand. There's a guy a couple of miles from me that seems to aquire these every couple of months, do them up and then plaster a nasty dimma kit or something as horrible onto it then sell it on. Really is a shame to see the process over and over again.
Loved mine and it educated me in lifting off mid corner! It was all or the wall!
For two years I used to drive the A339 from Basingstoke to Alton (nice and twisty with a good surface in most places) at 5 in the morning and this car would put a smile on my face every time!
Cool car! Don't forget the T16 either, what an immense little rocket that was.
Who'd have thought it, a forum full of Audi-loving pro-Deutsche anti-Francaise chumps are bigging up a Peugeot
Used to have one, the most fun car I think i ever owned!!!
It was the first car I really loved, sold an absolute minter to some annoying chavs, it was a shame really but it was the first bite i'd had in months, dread to think how it looks now, if it still exists that is...
They don't make them like they use to do they?
Especially on a set of Dimma split rims with colour coded centres.
When i owned one i acctuall forgot how many special edtions were made. Loads of different ones. Griffe, there was one that had something to do with radio one. the list really does go on.
i love these cars ive had 5 1.9s (2 mi16s one was a dimma original) and 3 1.6s i currently have a 1.9 with the mi16 engine purely as a summer/track day toy, running on twin 45 carbs
this in my mind is the ultimate gti, yes ok the body is a bit flimsy and the plastic interior is cheap, but nice day out on the track or windey b roads you dont think of that
they handle and have enough power to keep you happy
the 1.6 is a better alround car than the 1.9 though, as the 1.9 can become a bit skitty when pushed and the 1.6 is better balanced,
they only made 25 radio one models and it only came in black with diffent stereo and cd etc.........but if you look on auto trader theres always someone saying theirs is a radio one model and it s red or white etc
my mate had one years ago, so much fun!
This IS the car that started the Hot Hatch off, its an icon. Sub zero in my book.
I love the 205GTI but I think the MK1 Golf GTI might have a good claim to that one
It's a cool car for raising the bar within the hot hatch market!
Ultimate original Hot Hatch GTi
I had 2 back in the day and the 2nd was a Turbo Technics conversion! That thing loved petrol.. lol
Yeah, VW invented the name...but a bendy old Mk1 GTI with no brakes is no match for the Pug.
205s are sublime to drive...they just got it sooooo right with the 205 GTI...and sadly, little has ever got close to the near perfect blend of power, weight, balance, grip and brakes that the 1.6 205 GTI had.
Sure the 1.9 was a wee bit quicker, looked better and had a 'nicer' interior...but the 1.6 is the true icon, in my book.
Absolutely brilliant...even now.
I've had a couple, and we absolutely adored them,.....a genuine hoot.
My mate brought his cheeky sleeper round a couple of weeks ago,...................
It really is 80's night at your house every weekend isn't it?
I loved my 1.9 GTi though was greatly dissapointed when I couldn't do much with a mates considerably cheaper 1.6 GTi.
I had it chipped (superchips), a magnes manifold and exhaust, a K&N completre with sticker, strut brace etc etc rolling roaded less than standard, top end rattled like a fiesta popular and cardboard backed half leather.
*Haha, I've been rumbled
Yeah, I love late 70s/80s/early 90's cars, they have far more character
*I asked Ernie Larton (LAD Motorsport) to chip my GTi,.................and he refused as he said they didn't work LOL
Dan, would you by any chance describe yourself as a Vauxhall fan?
Oh, and can I please be the first to shout "WHALETAIL ALERT!" and post this
Is that a cheeky Mi16 Conversion? with carbs?
Get the cool vote from me because I use to have a red one when I was about 19 yrs old only had it about 10 month I wrote it off being a bit of a pleb
I used to have Ph2 1.9 and have just bought a Ph1 on the cheap (quite rare now) as a bit of a toy!
...notice the ever present haynes manual! and next with the ralllye hoare rims:
It made 180bhp at Southern Carburretors in Wimbledon
Extremely ferocious little car
Ever so slightly yes
I've owned about 30 of them to date.
Be careful ... never let 'them' think there is a secret 'Vauxhall Underworld' group on this site ... ssshhhh!
Before my first Audi my last baby was a Mk2 Vectra 2.5 v6 GSi ... and I've recently bought my better half an Astra (mine for the weekend).
I wish I new how to post pics ...
You know what?
I'm pleased you don't know how to post pics...
You seem to have a penchant for high power cars that can't corner.
(1999 Nogaro S4 Avant/Astra GTE Turbo.)
LOL, you get MEANER by the day!!!
The Astra had all the chassis strengthened, and ran on Courtenay/Bilstein Premium suspension,...................MUCH better Also had a Quaife LSD to stop me torque-steering into the hedge with it's 300bhp per ton PTWR. Had to be awake to drive that wee sleeper
Aye, the S4 understeers into roundabouts etc, but it doesn't half drag you OUT of them quickly I need a safe, fast, turbo'd family estate car that I can carry my drums around in,..........................and sadly Vauxhall can't quite fulfill the criteria LMAO!!!!
At least you take the comments in good spirit!
I used to have a Nova SR that was tested in CCC years ago...Blydenstein engine, coilovers, Chavalier GSI brakes all round etc...it had a ZF clutch+plate LSD and you needed arms like Arnie to drive that bad boy.
I hasten to add, this was 1995...long before the Chavs got hold of the Nova.
*Not really,..................I wept openly at your last comments
*Good wee cars in their day I got my first one (E plate) in 1992. PCS sytem/K&N/Kent cam etc blah blah,.......................and that was when virtually NOBODY was modifying them (except for rallying etc). In fact I got it on the very same month that Max Pooer came out LOL!!! I've had 2 genuine Nova Sports too, along with that 2.0 16v shed sleeper you see above (badged as a 1.2L ).
Quite a journey from a Vauxhall Nova to a Porsche 911 then? LOL!!
We now head Waaaayyyy off topic!!
August 1st 1990 was when H655RSS, a Mistral Gray 1.4 SR was collected...
5 years later and all this lot done: Blydenstein B Pack+ Astra CDi head (same as Nova GTE but without the exhaust hot-spot), lightened and balanced 1.6 bottom end in the standard 1.4 block, twin 40 Webers, Pipercross filter, Avo remote-reservoir coil-overs, Gp 'A rear beam, discs all round, Nova SRI (F13 I think) gear kit in the standard F10 casing, ZF clutch and plate diff, GTE driveshafts (used to break SR shafts), modified 1.3SR distributor, etc, etc...what a beast!
Tested by CCC...it used to pull 7600 in top (18.7 MPH/1000 RMP in top) and against a Guttman 1.9 205 GTI, I passed him with the rev counter reading just over 7500 in top. You do the maths.
Let's just say, at only 785ish Kgs...it went. And went well...
7th in the CCC Converted Car of the year competition 1995:
Then a test in November 1995:
Now that's what I call cornering!
That, I like...
Nova 1.0, Nova 1.4SR, Mk3 Golf GTI, Integra Type-R, S3, (Mk3 Golf GTI 16v Anniversary...still got!) 911.
That's a nice front splitter with touring car metal rods at the front to boot LOL! How much BHP was that chavtastic mod worth Glen?
It's worth no more power...but it stops a car with the aerodynamic properties of a brick outhouse loosing it's steering as the nose lifts at a genuine 135+ MPH.
That thing was rock solid at 7000 RPM+ in top...
Without it, I'd have entered a field somewhere around 115 MPH.
The metal rods were added after the first one broke...the airflow just a tad too much for it with no support!
Bloody hell, that was probably the one issue I didn't own LOL!!
Great spec, and back in the days when carbs ruled, and tuning was sod all to do with remaps and winding up actuators (for the average man on the street anyway).
Same colour as my first one, though mine was a 1.3 obviously on an E plate.
TWIN 40'S ROCK!!!! I loved the sucking/barking/popping mine made on the Sports
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