When it comes to iconic hot hatchbacks, the Peugeot 205 GTi sits right at the top of the tree alongside the VW Golf GTi. That is, until you get to the hardcore 205 T16, which pumps out a hefty 197bhp and features a rally-grade four-wheel drive system, making it an altogether faster, more focused machine.
With just 200 T16s built, it's also a much more exclusive prospect than the standard 205 GTi. Ardent T16 fans will be pleased to hear that a 1984 model will be up for grabs at Sotheby's September 7 London sale, however. This left-hand drive 205 also has a suitably interesting story for a modern classic, having spent its early days as a car tested by the Italian motoring press, featuring in popular magazine Quattroruote.
Making it stand out from nearly all modern hot hatchbacks, this Peugeot's engine has been stuffed where the rear seats used to be, with the turbocharged 1.8-litre motor punching out enough power to match brand new hot hatchbacks from Ford, Renault and Peugeot itself – with the benefit of four-wheel drive.
Just to let everyone know this isn't your ordinary 80s hatchback, the T16 features muscular flanks and a squat, wide stance, along with a hatchback that has been turned into an oversized engine cover that opens halfway along the roof of the car, to give easy access to the turbocharged motor. This model is fitted with magnesium rally wheels for an even more purposeful look.