I’ve shown the 205 GTI before, a not-that-good one from Solido. And making that post I promised myself to get a better model of it, as it’s such an epic Hot Hatch. The one that actually taught me what a Hot Hatch was all about when I was a young lad. And the hunt for others resulted in a trio which I refer to as le bon, la brute et le truand. Or, the Good, the bad and the ugly.
Let’s start with the good one. It’s a 1/43 Corgi from their Vanguards-series. This is a series of 1/43’s spanning half a century of motoring in Britain. Each model carries a detailed, authentic livery and comes complete with a miniature history of the vehicle and its engine performance statistics. They not just did a 205 GTI but chose to make the 1FM-edition.
Only 25 of these models in 1:1 were made to commemorate BBC Radio 1FM’s 25th Birthday in 1992, making the 205 1FM one of the rarest 205 variants. All RHD, all sold in GB. It was based on the 205 GTI 1.9 and featured options like airconditioning and a Clarion Sound system with both a single CD-player in front and a 6-disc changer in the boot. And it was stuffed with professional speakers and amplifiers as well.
All 25 cars were produced in black and had the sliding Peugeot sunroof. Speedline 1.9 alloys were used but with grey painted centers and silver rims. These were also used on the awesome 205 GTi Griffe, my all time favorite 205. Ottomobile has an amazing 1/18 of that IIRC. The engine was the usual 122bhp catalysed 1.9 GTi engine.
So with 25 produced it’s a rare car. There are 11 still known to be on the road, a few have been scrapped and a few are MIA. It’s a good model, only flaw I can come up with is those speedline wheels that could have had some more detail.
The bad needs a little explanation here as it’s completely positive for this one! It’s a 1/64 from Norev’s Retro series. And it’s bad-ass, that’s what it is!
Just look at those speedlines: even the lugs are decently molded. Not sure if there’s a centercap with a lion but for the money this is one awesome buy!
Only flaw with this one is the rear-lights. These are just painted. And the scripting on the back might be somewhat too big. Otherwise: LOVE IT!
It’s just supposed to be a normal 1.9 looking at the wheels. And I remember them for being either this red or dark grey in my youth. But with a good and a bad one, there’s one position to be filled in. And that’s the position of...
Blurry lines. Wheels that look a bit like speedlines (if you look from a distance and pinch your eyes). And a ride-height in front as if it’s taking of like a Cessna 162...
It’s a Mondo Motors 1/43. About the same value as the Norev 1/64. I think it’s obvious which one I’d prefer. I think it’s supposed to be a 1.9 but actually: I wouldn’t care less.
So is my need for 205 GTI’s finally fulfilled? Nope. I WANT THAT GRIFFE! In ‘Vert Fluorite’.
C’est ca. Le lionet va dormir. Bon week-end. Vive le vendredi française!