CC Outtake: The Other GTI

The Peugeot 205 has been covered here at CC a few times, perhaps most recently here. And for some of you, it’s a pretty mundane sight. But when I pulled into a diagonal parking spot for an evening meeting last month, I did a double take when I slotted in next to this car. It was possibly the first time I’d seen one here in the US.

The VW GTI has been a popular car here since it was introduced here in 1983 as a Westmoreland (Pennsylvania, US) built Rabbit variation. It was arguably the first “hot hatch” sold in the US, even though it took six years to make it over after its launch in 1977. Today’s VW GTI with its 2 litre turbocharged motor and four doors is a far cry from the original, but this Pug seems even simpler than those early Mk 1 GTI’s. The Montana plates are a hint to its importation state … California still has smog regulations that make registering 25 year old imports, even if DOT and EPA exempt, a bit challenging.

In addition to the car itself, this original looking sticker on the rear window piqued my interest.

Apparently it’s a Spanish colloquialism equivalent to “I’d follow you to the ends of the earth” and was used as a marketing slogan in Spain as well as Latin America. But I couldn’t find much information about this on the web in English, and my Spanish is pretty weak, so if anyone knows more about it … could this be a Spanish or Chilean-built 205? Though the sticker is in such good shape, maybe it’s not original. And has anyone else seen a 205 in the US?