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Peugeot 106 Rallye Series 1

Posted: 14th October 2000 by asteriskr in 106 Rallye S1 8v
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Peugeot 205 Lacoste

For many years I have been driving around in a Peugeot 205 Lacoste – a 1.4 carburettor based motor with some special cams. The car has been pretty reliable but the bodywork is far from perfect and whilst luxuries like the electric windows and sunroof have been plus points, it’s also had it’s more negative moments – notably the gear linkages failing and leaving it with only 2nd and 3rd gear and the carbs coming loose on the head.

I decided that it was time to get something a bit sportier, but having enjoyed Peugeot ownership, I decided that staying within the brand offering was a good plan, especially as there were a number of rally homologation special hot hatches built, most notably the Peugeot 106 Rallye. With the decision made that this was the car to have, several hours spent looking in Autotrader revealed a suitable Series 1 car in Llanelli, South Wales. I took the train down to have a look at it and found it to be in really good condition, except for mismatched tyres and a few other bits and bobs.

The sale was agreed on the condition of a new set of Michelin Winters being fitted, a few other jobs being sorted and a fresh MOT. A week later I went down again to pick it up and drive it home. The rev 1.3 fuel injected motor was a different beast to the 205 and it was great fun to drive right up to that point 2 hrs after having collected it that I lost the back end on a corner, failed to correct it and ended up crashing side-on into an Astra van. Having scrubbed off most of the speed it was a fairly light shunt, but it was going to be a new headlight, wing and bonnet. A trip to the local Peugeot dealer gave a £1500 bill for repair but I wasn’t going to be paying that anytime soon. A new headlight fitted and the car was still drivable, albeit slightly batted scarred.