At Peugeot, the appointment of Jean Todt in 1981 as head of the rally department resulted in the launch of a major program to win the World Championship. The weapon that was built to achieve its objective was the 205 Turbo 16. It had a fibreglass bodyshell on a steel monocoque chassis with a mid-mounted engine powering all four wheels. The engine was a four-cylinder 1800cc turbo-charged unit producing 350bhp in the first evolution cars. Homologated in March 1984, it was a resounding success with 7 wins in 11 races and Peugeot won the Manufacturers Championship. The Evolution 2 came the following season and the car was even more effective winning the title again.
Artcurial will be offering this example, which is number 14 of 200 produced, at their upcoming Monaco auction on the 2nd July. The estimated value is between €230,000 - €280,000. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos: © Peter Singhof.