French automotive manufacturer, Peugeot, confirmed celebrations of its 210th anniversary will include the complete restoration and selling of original and authenticated examples of its classic models.
Musée de l’Aventure Workshops
Beginning with the king of hot-hatches, the 205 GTI, Peugeot will undertake the skilled transformations at the Musée de l’Aventure workshops in Sochaux, France with each completed unit receiving a certificate of authenticity before being made available for sale.
Peugeot 205 GTI
Launched in 1983, the spirited 205 GTI was a direct rival to its contemporaries and was victorious both on and off-road, claiming victory in What Cars ‘Car of the Year’ in 1984 and ‘Car of the Decade’ by CAR Magazine in 1990.
The tenacious 205 1.6 GTI arrived in April 1984 and delivered sublime handling and a punchy 105bhp engine. The 1.9 GTI that followed in December 1986 was more of the same but with an extra 23bhp thrown into the mix.
This was all amidst the 205 T16 winning the World Rally Championship in 1985, helping to promote the road-going 205’s inherent abilities and ultimate potential.
The desirable GTI model was produced until 1994, firmly establishing itself as a future classic. Genuine examples have become extremely rare and much sought-after.
Journey of Restoration
Peugeot owners and enthusiasts will be able to request a quote and have their car fully or partially restored by the museum’s expert technicians from early 2021.
The new programme will embrace the knowledge and talent of the museum’s specialist craftspeople who will essentially restore each car to a ‘better than new’ condition. Highly skilled and experienced master technicians, former factory workers, body restorers, textile trimmers and sheet metal workers will each play their important part on the vehicle’s journey of restoration.
Musée de l’Aventure workshops has obtained the necessary stock and warehouse operations required to support the new scheme. Traditional subcontractors will be used for any missing parts and advanced 3D manufacturing techniques will be used for parts that are no longer in production.
Badging and Certification
From 2021, a dedicated resource will be available via this link to sell and showcase these unique vehicles once they have received their ‘Par l’Aventure Peugeot’ badging and certification.