Peugeot Talbot Sport's uber dramatic-looking 205 T16s were by far the most successful of the Group B rally cars, fighting off strong competition from Audi, Lancia and Ford to win the World Rally Championship in 1985 and 1986. To gain the appropriate homologation the company had first to build 200 road-going versions - a job that was entrusted to Heuliez. The overall shape of the T16 (turbocharged, 16 valve) was similar to that of a normal 205, but there the resemblance ended! The monocoque construction was abandoned in favour of lightweight tubing and the engine was moved amidships. In rally spec. the turbocharged 1.8-litre unit pumped out a scary 450bhp, so was sensibly tamed down to 200bhp for the road versions. However, when combined with an all up weight of just 1,145 kilos, this was still sufficient to achieve a supercar-humbling 0-60mph time of 6 seconds and a terminal speed of 130mph. The pocket rocket sported far wider wheel arches than a standard 205 and the whole rear of the car raised in one section for engine access. This was one mean machine!
The T16 offered is one of those 200 homologation specials. Finished in Black complemented by a Grey cloth / leather interior and tinted windows it certainly looks the part. The records show it has probably lived something of a charmed life too - having been first registered in the UK during January 1986 to a Sheik who would later become a prominent member of the Qatar government. He apparently retained the Peugeot until July 2007 when it was acquired by the vendor. 'C308 CYX' comes with full service history and appears to have covered just 8,045 kilometres from new (circa 5,019 miles). Professionally stored, this rare and exciting reminder of rallying's golden era is accompanied by the aforementioned service history and an MOT into March 2013.