The Peugeot 106 was first introduced on the 12th of September 1991. It was the smaller, modern replacement to the hugely successful Peugeot 205. It was directly aimed as a rival to the popular Renault Clio which had already been in production for a year by the time the 106 hit the road. The 106 was originally offered as a three-door hatchback, using 1.0 and 1.1 carburettor engines as well as a more punchy 1.4 litre fuel injected engine. Introduced in 1995, the 1.6 litre injection engine made its debut in the sporty XSi. Up until 1996 these early cars were known as the ‘Phase 1’ models.
The Peugeot 106 received a facelift in early 1996 which gave the car a sleek, modern look which still looks surprisingly fresh even today. Among various changes, all of the engines received fuel injection and equipment levels were improved with options such as leather seats, airbags, power steering, electric windows and mirrors and alloy wheels. These later cars were referred to as the ‘Phase 2’ models.
With the previous success of the XSi, Peugeot decided to begin production on an all new GTI model in 1997. This came with a 1.6 16v fuel injected engine that produced 120 bhp and certainly carried essential hot hatch credentials. The GTI came with leather seats, although this was optional on the early models, a body kit which included side skirts, redesigned front and rear bumpers, larger wheel arches, disc brakes all round with 14″ Raptor alloy wheels and subtle GTI badging. The 106 GTI become famed for its nimble steering and chassis feel over the years thanks to among others, Touring Car driver Tim Harvey, rally legend Richard Burns and Top gears Jeremy Clarkson, all thoroughly praising the car and even going as far as claiming it to be the best handling car in the world at the time.
Over the years the 106 has earned a reputation for being one of the most corrosion resistant cars, with many earlier models still remaining rust free. After 13 years in production, the last Peugeot 106 rolled off the production line in early 2004 being one of the longest running production cars in Europe.
Electric windows, Electric mirror, Digital dash display, Central locking, Alloy wheels, Heated rear screen, Airbags, PAS, CD player/Radio, Cigarette lighter
The Brilliant Black paintwork accentuates the more muscular stance this GTi possesses and presents in showroom condition. There are very few blemishes to be found anywhere on the car and all the panels line up perfectly, consistant with the incredibly low mileage and care this car has had throughout its life. Other details such as the lights, grilles and badges around the car are also in ‘as new’ condition.
Slipping into the driver’s seat of the GTi the first thing you notice is a slightly more refined feel to the interior with a digital dash display, electric windows and the use of materials such as leather and alcantara to the seats. All electrics work as intended and the centre console presents free from any signs of wear to the switches. The luxurious seats show to be in fantastic condition with no fraying or wear to any of the susceptible bolsters and they remain plump and supportive.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
This GTi has benefitted from consistent servicing throughout its low mileage life and presents in perfect mechanical health. This high revving engine oozes character when combined with the sporty chassis. The 5 speed manual gearshift mechanism is incredibly tight and precise showing no sign of wear making this little hot hatch an engaging and spirited drive.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The 14 inch Raptor alloys are all unmarked and free from any imperfections and are wrapped in a set of brand new Continental ContiPremiumContact 2’s.
This superb Peugeot was first registered on 7th December 2001 and sold by Brundle Sport Limited to the first owner. The first service inspection was carried out by the supplying dealer in February 2003 at 3000 miles. Since 2003 the car has been maintained by the same independent garage and serviced regularly throughout its low mileage at the following intervals: 3k, 6k, 7k, 11k and 19k.
The car still comes with the original Peugeot document holder containing all of the owner’s manuals including the service booklet and a set of spare keys.
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