This popular car was built between 1983 and 1998 (the last models for the UK market were built in 1996), with around 5.3 million units being sold during this period. Built in France, Spain, England, Indonesia and Chile, the 205 was the replacement for the 104 model, and came as a 3 door and 5 door hatchback and a 2 door cabriolet and awesome GTi model.
The standard models were the Junior, XE, Base and GE which came with a 954cc engine. The Style, XL and GL came with 1124cc, although the XL could also be bought with a 954cc engine. There were diesel models available which came with a 1.7cc engine.
As far as the GTi is concerned, well I never had the opportunity to have a drive in one, but I was let loose in a Citroen Visa GTi when I was just 19, which was asking for trouble! The acceleration was frightening and I could hardly keep the thing on the road - the handling was dodgy to say the least. Looking back, I'm glad that I only had access to the little beast for about an hour or I may not have lived to tell the tale.
This is a 8v 205 GTi (125bhp) on the track at Brands Hatch andchasing a Lamborghini. To be fair, the guy in the Lambo is hardly touching the accelerator but watch out for the 205 spitting flames from its exhaust!