1984 PEUGEOT 205 TURBO 16
1,775cc DOHC 16 Valve 4-Cylinder Engine
Bosch K-Jet Fuel Injection
197bhp at 6,750rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Iconic and rare Group B Homologation car
*Very original example of a highly sought after model
*Offered with books, tool, jack and spare tire
*One of just 200 examples produced
The Peugeot 205 TURBO 16
In 1982 when the new set of Group B rally regulations was introduced, Peugeot was in the process of shifting production towards smaller and sportier vehicles compared to their earlier models. The French manufacturer wanted to use the new rally regulations as a marketing tool with the well-known phrase: "win on Sunday sell on Monday".
With the newly acquired Talbot brand, Peugeot engaged with French rally expert and former co-driver Jean Todt and formed the historically known Peugeot-Talbot Sport (PTS). Budget for developing the car was almost without limit. In fact, the only real constraint that the engineers had was to fit a high performance 4-wheel drive package into the diminutive 205 chassis. The normal production 205 was a front wheel drive car but it was decided that, as opposed to the Audi Quattro, that the 205 T16 would be mid-engine for better weight distribution and traction. However, for marketing purposes, it was paramount to keep most of the 205's exterior body features as intact as possible. Hence, the 205 T16 was officially a silhouette car.
Originally, they intended to mount the engine longitudinally but there was an obvious lack of space. Furthermore, that layout would have made it nearly impossible to service the belts and pulleys. To keep a low center of gravity, it was decided to use a gearbox that was bolted behind the engine rather than below it (in the usual transverse engine setup). This would also help balance the weight of the engine which was fitted behind the passenger seat on the right side of the car. The 205 T16 turned out to be the most successful Group B rally car with 16 outright rally wins and two championships, even surpassing the legendary Audi Quattro (13 wins, one championship).
To enter the rally cars into Group B, Peugeot had to build 200 homologation units. Already under time pressure, PTS had to be creative. So, to make the process as easy as possible, Peugeot elected to make all the road cars to the same specifications: all of them in the same color and all of them with left-hand drive.
In March of 1984, when the time came for the 205 T16 to be homologated, Peugeot decided to line up every single one of the cars built on a massive expanse of tarmac so that the FIA inspectors could see for themselves that all the cars truly existed, that no cheating had taken place, and that there had been no double-counting of cars to make up the numbers. Homologation was duly granted on April 1st, by which time PTS had already laid plans for the car to make its World Rally Championship debut in Corsica on the 3rd of May. The rest, as they say, is history.
The Motorcar Offered
The 189th example of the just 200 homologation cars built, this Turbo 16 was delivered to a Mr. Quernette in Lasne, Belgium on September 15, 1985. With prices in the range of new Porsches and Ferraris, only the most dedicated fans would pay up for the Turbo 16 at the time. Mr. Quenette is believed to have used the car on weekend trips and in his almost 30-years of ownership the car covered only 45,000 kilometers.
The Peugeot was imported to the US by the French-American consigner, who has used the Peugeot only occasionally. He has kept the Turbo 16 in good company, in his collection of modern supercars. At the time of cataloging the car had covered less than 48,000kms (30,000 miles) and the car is still presented in what is believed to be its original gray paint. The interior is believed to be original and shows only minor signs of any wear. Preserved and in highly original condition, this car is ready to take on the streets or to be included in concours.
Offered here with its books, tools, jack and spare tire, this iconic landmark of the 1980s is possibly the most sought after Group B homologation car. A Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 rarely comes to market, so don't let the chance to own one of these highly collectible homologation cars go by.
- Due to California emissions laws, please note that this vehicle may only be sold to an out-of-state resident for use outside of California or to a licensed automotive dealer. Furthermore, the correct VIN for this car is VF3741R76E5100189.