Yes, this is one enjoyable post for all you Francophiles out there, as I seem to have captured a Peugeot icon in my dash-cam. And driving this 205 was someone not content to hang about, as you’ll see.
Much like the Subaru Pickup driver who was harrying his classic through traffic, so did the driver of this late model 205, driving much faster beyond his car’s nineteen-or-so years:
Pay attention at 0:37- on the right is a very rare car in Israel, a Focus ST.
If you notice, this 205 had had it’s top panels resprayed in a lighter blue, as was the tail-gate. I suspect this was a remedy to a nasty illness all PSAs of the era suffered from, especially in Israel- destruction of the clear cote by an unforgiving sun. Only cars that were kept under a protective roof escaped this fate, but you can still see Citroens and Peugeots sporting top panels with what you can only refer to as skin disease… There’s a much younger 206 near my house that has this.
Of course, the 205 needs no introduction, just a reminder that it was the car that turned Peugeot around, to a manufacturer of enjoyable, fun, responsive vehicles with magnificent chassis, virtually on all models that followed it: 106, 309, 405, 306 and even the relevantly big 406 had its way with bends. Some might say this was at a cost of reliability, the cars being more brittle than before. I myself can testify as to electrical infidelities, as I’ve had my fair share of Peugeots in my day. But they were unbelievably enjoyable to drive, with the best hydraulic power-steering around- perhaps the best that ever was, considering everyone (including Peugeot themselves) moved to electric power-steering during the 2000s.
The 205 was very successful in Israel, sold here between 1984 and 1999, at which point it was replaced by the 206. I place this blue “Forever” at nearly the end of line, judging by the aftermarket wheels that were installed in Israel by the importer. I might be wrong, of course, but there was no one to ask, as this French icon was well on its way with no time to lose…