Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
The Peugeot 205 T16 can go down in history as one of the all-time classic Good Ideas. In order to homologate the perky little shopping-hatch 205 for Group B purposes, transforming the front-engined, FWD poppet into a mid-engined, 4WD fire-snorter, the company had to build a certain number of road cars. But rather than treat it as a functional box-ticking exercise, they went all-out to make the thing desirable. I mean, just look at it - it takes the oh-so-eighties bullishness of the GTI and ramps it up to Schwarzenegger-like levels of steroidal silliness. There was a feisty 200bhp motor in the middle, a Citroën SM gearbox and all-wheel drive, a Heuliez-built body that was basically made of clamshells and girth, and a spaceframe that had pretty much nothing to do with a regular 205. And it also had massive lion logos on the seats, and all the regular 205 lights to ensure maximum high street double-takes. Thirty years later, it's still just as awe-inspiring.
Spotted at the London Classic Car Show - more pics here.