Classics for Sale: Rare Peugeot 309 GTI

The Peugeot 205 GTI might have all of the glory, but the 309 GTI is the rarer car today. Check out this well looked after example we've found.

Peugeot’s everyman performance cars have come to define the those three fabled letters — GTI. The 205 GTI hot hatchback is still regarded as one of the greatest of its breed today, and the 106 GTI was decreed to be more fun than a Dodge Viper by none other than Jeremy Clarkson. The Peugeot 309 GTI has somewhat fallen between the cracks of automotive history, but today these plucky saloon cars are a rare find.

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Listed on Ebay for a buy it now price of £4,250 ($5,596) this 309 GTI represents a bit of a steal when you compare it to some sought after 205 GTIs. The 309 made its debut in 1987 as a three-door model with a five-door option being added in 1988.

This GTI is the latter, but just a few months after the introduction of the more practical five-door car, Peugeot updated the 309 range. In short, this is one of the few cars that has rear doors while retaining the original look. The author of this advert claims that there’s less than 20 of these Phase 1 cars left on the road. We're not so that's completely accurate, but then, when was the last time you spotted a five-door 309 GTI with pre-facelift styling?

While not as popular as the 205 GTI, the 309 was very well received by the motoring media with some even claiming it to have a better chassis balance than its little brother. Performance is assured with this example as a Newman fast road cam and a ported and polished head has lifted output to just above the original specification. From the factory in 1989 it had 128hp, but a recent dyno test post modification revealed peak power of 135hp.

Another string to this GTI’s bow is that the current owner has done a considerable amount of work to it. Everything from fuel and brakes line replacements to a new clutch suggests that this car has been well looked after. The seller freely admits that it still needs a bit of TLC in regards to some rusty doors and a cracked dashboard, but the good news is that new parts are included in the price.

Will the Peugeot 309 GTI follow in the footsteps of 205 GTI values? Maybe one day, but this 147,000-mile example would appear to be a good place to start.

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