Time flies!

Time flies! Things have been so busy in personally and professionally over the last few years that it has been difficult to find time to blog. However there’s loads to talk about! Firstly I dipped my toe back into 106 GTi ownership with a very special car! (more info to come in further posts). In the past few years the modern classic car market has been booming. With the advent of low interest rates, investors are looking for tax free gains which has boosted prices of desirable cars across the board.  Combined with middle age people looking to get back into the cars they loved from their youth and the increasing amount of modern, sanitised, mundane motors on the market, good condition 106s are starting to appreciate and get the attention they deserve. With only 294 106 GTis on the road last year ) finding a rust free example in good condition can be a minefield nowadays (see buying guide here for tips). Don’t leave it too late! 

Bear with me

106 GTi bear alloy wheels

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, then comes along some alloy wheels shaped like teddy bears. No, I’m not joking, for your viewing pleasure, we have some teddy bear alloys to fit your 106 GTi. Click here to revel in their amazing looks and be the envy of all your friends. Or should that be laughing stock! Not sure I could ever bring myself to buy such things, even for the better half!

Time capsule 106 GTi!

Immaculate 106With my GTi sold, you’d think I’d lose interest in the little hot hatch. Far from it – I regularly find myself scanning the classifieds for examples of the fast little Pug in road or track guise. As I was looking I stumbled across something really quite rare: A 106 GTi in Surrey in immaculate condition that had covered only 4000 miles form new. Painted in white, – a rare colour for the GTi – it sports the marmite interior yellow striped seating but the pictures show quite how stunning this car is. Registered in 1997, it has astonishingly covered only 266 miles per year. Priced at £8995 it will no doubt take an enthusiast to be interested in buying but  given it is absolutely immaculate I’d be suprised if Peugeot themselves don’t snap it up!

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Celebrating character!

Owning a 106 is like owning a first car in many ways, they have lots of little quirks and foibles that give the car character, even if they annoy you sometimes you still end up chuckling to yourself!
Some of the things I’ve noticed:

  • The window switches are situated down in front of gearstick instead of on door or dashboard like most cars.
  • The blowers clearly have no filter whatsoever as they let in all smells from outside from sweet smelling pollen to smokey fires.
  • The engine has a lovely sonorous sweet spot at around 4k where it sounds fantastic under acceleration.
  • The fuses are located behind an apologetic draped cloth which is accessible when you open the glovebox instead of tucked away behind the steering column or similar.
  • The gearstick feels low down on the left, far from the likes of a Honda civic, where it is inches from the steering wheel.
  • The main one people notice – the pedals are close together and offset to the left, so when you first drive it you tend to hit the wheel arch instead of accelerator. Because the pedals are close together those with big feet or large trainers can often hit two pedals at once. However I’ve found heel and toe is possible, even with size 10s!
  • The bonnet release is tucked away in the passenger footwell, as on a lot of French cars so you have to reach right across from the driver’s seat or get out and go round the other side of the car.

Owning a 106 myself, these things make me smile, and make me realise that as cars get heavier and more generic and boring, no manufacturer will probably ever create a car like the 106 again. At ~900kg with one of the best handling chassis’ in the world, even 12 years after being manufactured, it stands it’s ground against much more modern machinery.