This guide has been written for the Phase 1 Peugeot 205 GTI (1.9l). The Phase 1 cars are the first of 3 distinct phases of the 1.9l GTI produced between 1986 and 1994. Like the Golf GTI, Renault 5 Turbo and several other competitors, the Peugeot 205 obtained cult status during the 80s and 90s and now has a strong following as a classic hot hatch.

This guide provides a detailed overview of the features unique to the Phase 1 cars, allowing a prospective purchaser to assess the originality of a vehicle. We note that the Phase 1 cars broadly fall into 2 distinct groups: (1) Main European market vehicles, and; (2) those exported to countries with high emission regulations including Australia, Japan, Sweden and Switzerland. This guide covers both groups, and for the purposes of simplicity refers to these two groups as "main European market cars" and "export market cars" respectively.

Production numbers:

Total 205 GTI production: 294,514 1

This figure relates to GTI production between 1984 and 1994, and includes 1.6l cars. As Phase 1 production of 1.9l cars occurred for a period less than 12 months, it is estimated that these cars account for a small portion of this total figure.

Period of Manufacture:

Phase 1 production commenced in December 1986, however, conflicting discussion exists with respect to when exactly Phase 1 production ended. Evidence (based on inspected vehicles) suggests that Phase 1 production continued until a changeover point in October 1987, after which Phase 1.5 spec vehicles have been sighted (with the chassis prefix beginning "20####", and a new serial number sequence commencing "010####").2 Other than the vehicles sighted, no official factory data has been relied on to draw this conclusion, and if any readers have additional information that can be backed up by a primary source, please contact us.

Please note, this guide has been written based on a variety of books, online sources and enthusiast input. You should not rely on this guide to make any purchasing decision and we make no representation that all information is accurate. You should always seek independent professional advice when looking to purchase a unique car. If you have additional information, photographs or corrections you believe could improve this guide, please contact us.


1. Exterior features - 205 GTI 1.9l (Phase 1)
  • Based on the 2-door 205 hatch body, Phase 1 cars benefited from zinc galvanised bodies with a 6-year anti-perforation warranty.Many GTIs as a result have tended to outlast their competitors, however, corrosion still occurs where the galvanised plating has been damaged, and cars should always be thoroughly inspected. 
  • The Phase 1 GTI was available in 5 colours as outlined in section 3.
  • Siem driving lights mounted on the lower front bumper. British cars and export market cars are believed to have had clear lens driving lights fitted, whilst certain European markets (primarily France) received a yellow reflector behind clear glass (Note: yellow lenses were applied to pre-86 cars, and from 1986 the yellow reflector was applied).
  • Amber front and rear turn signals, and tail lamp cluster incorporated reverse lights.
  • Vehicles destined for the main European markets received 15 x 6 inch Speedline SL299 alloy wheels. See section 7 of this guide (mechanical features) for details of the various casting marks applicable, and original tyre specifications.
  • Export market vehicles (Australia, Japan, Sweden and Switzerland) received 14 x 5.5 inch 12 hole centre-less Speedline SL201 wheels (known colloquially as Pepper-pot wheels). See section 7 of this guide (mechanical features) for details of the various casting marks applicable, and original tyre specifications.
  • The side mirrors applied to Phase 1 cars had a round base (as opposed to the later Phase 1.5 and 2 square base), and were unpainted grey plastic.
  • The rear spoiler had squared off ends which run part-way down the rear window edges, and was glued to the rear windscreen. Note: Phase 1.5 and Phase 2 cars had a different design which was screwed to the hatch panel).
  • Unpainted dark grey plastic wheel arch flares and body side mouldings were applied, with the moulding flowing through the front and rear bumpers. The side moulding and bumpers had a red pin stripe running through the middle.
  • An unpainted dark grey plastic fluted panel was fitted between the rear tail lights. A Peugeot badge was fitted to the left side of the panel, and a 205 GTI badge fitted to the right. An optional red plastic reflective panel with 205 GTI printed on it was also available as an aftermarket dealer option (as shown in the images).
2. Interior features - 205 GTI 1.9l (Phase 1)
  • Phase 1 cars were fitted with a unique dashboard design. This had a different overall shape to the later phase dashboards, and had slider controls for the heater (as opposed to the later rotary controls applied from the Phase 1.5 onward).
  • The vast majority of Phase 1 seats (those destined for the main European markets) were trimmed in half grey leather with red stitching (on the bolsters and head rests). These had dark grey / silver "Quattro" velour cloth panel inserts with a red stripe through the middle (These were known as "Ramie" / "Ramier" in France). In French market cars, seats were also available with cloth bolsters in place of leather.
  • Export market cars (those exported to Australia, Japan, Sweden and Switzerland) received "Barritz" seat trim inserts, with grey cloth seat bolsters and headrests.
  • Door cards were trimmed in grey vinyl with a red pin-stripe through the upper half (in line with the door handle). The lower quarter of the door card was trimmed in red carpet. This door card design was unique to the Phase 1, and finished a short distance from the base of the window leaving part of the exposed metal door panel at the top.
  • Carpets were a velour cut pile type, bright red in colour (matching the base of the door cards).
  • A Philips PLL Quartz Tuning 553 4-speaker radio cassette was standard in all Phase 1 GTIs.5 
  • Leather wrapped two-spoke steering wheel with GTI centre badge.
  • The gear change pattern in Phase 1 cars had reverse located at the top left position, with the pattern printed in red on the gear knob. The gear shifter boot was grey leather with red stitching, (this matched the seat bolsters in "Quattro" velour trimmed cars).
  • Cargo cover attached to rear hatch.
  • Inertia front seatbelts, manual adjustment rear seatbelts.
  • Electric windows and central locking were standard in most markets on the Phase 1 cars.Where electric windows were optioned, a blanking disc was placed over the crank handle hole in the door card, and switches placed at the front end of the door bins.
  • A sliding glass sunroof was optional.7
  • The instrument cluster included a 230kph / 140mph speedometer and rev-timer (redlining at 6,000 rpm).
  • Optional Peugeot GTI floor mats.
  • Optional air-conditioning.
3. Paint colours - 205 GTI 1.9l (Phase 1)

The following table provides the original paint colours available on the Phase 1 205 GTI:8

Colour name (EN) Colour name (FR) Colour code
Alpine White  Blanc Meije 1574 / P0WT
Black  Noir 1600 / P3XY
Cherry Red/Le Mans Red Rouge Vallelunga 1607 / P3KB
Graphite Grey Gris Graphite 1584 / M0TW
Silver Gris Futura 1585 / M0TP


With respect to the paint codes, earlier cars are believed to have had the numeric code applied, before Peugeot moved to the alpha-numeric system. However, we do not have confirmation of when this change occurred. An example of each of the paint colours has been provided in the images. Colours other than red or white were extra cost colours in most markets, explaining the disproportionate number of cars produced in red and white.8


Paint code location:

The colour code for the 205 GTI is located on top of the front bonnet slam panel / cross-member above the left side headlight. The code was painted on cars in the factory using a stencil. See images for a better description of the location and typeface. This may have been lost due to new paint / restoration work, however, we have been advised that these codes were not necessarily painted onto every car. With only 5 colour options on the Phase 1 cars, establishing the original code is a relatively simple process if a code is not present in the location described above.

4. Chassis number - 205 GTI 1.9l (Phase 1)

The Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9l had a chassis number in the following format:9


This is made up of 3 sections:

1 VF3  World manufacturer identifier
 2 741C86X  Vehicle description
 3 #######  Unique vehicle serial number


The Phase 1 205 GTI (1.9) VIN can be interpreted as follows:

Symbol Meaning
V  Europe
F  France
3  Peugeot
741  Model 205
C  3-door saloon / Coupe
8  1905cc (XU9)
6  5-speed manual transmission
X  Year (0 = 87)
#######  The vehicle's unique 7-digit serial / chassis number.

As Phase 1 cars were 1987 model year vehicles, unique serial numbers commenced at 7330001.


Chassis number location:

The chassis number should be present in two locations:

1. Embossed on the vehicle’s data plate (Riveted to the body, under the hood, you will see the plate just behind the right hand side suspension strut, mounted on the flat area between the suspension strut and firewall).

2. Stamped into the body of the car (On the flat edge of the firewall / bulkhead, directly above the chassis plate, you will find the chassis number stamped into the body, which should match the number provided on the data plate).

Examples of the chassis plate and body stamping are given in the images, including a close up example of the typeface used for the VIN stamping on the body. For further details of the 205 VIN including other non GTI models, see

5. Engine number - 205 GTI 1.9l (Phase 1)

The Phase 1 GTI 1.9l cars came with either the XU9JA or XU9J1/Z engine depending on the vehicles market.10 These engines had two tags riveted to the engine block (at the timing belt end), close to where the alternator mounts. The two tags contain relevant numbers to determine the specification of your engine.

Tag 1 provides the engine type code (including capacity and power specification)

Tag 2 provides the engine prefix applicable to the engine type code, and the unique engine number


Main European market engine:

Tag 1: D6B = engine XU9JA 1.9l 130cv.

Tag 2: 1CW44 stamped into the tag, followed by a 7-digit unique engine number for that block stamped below.


Emissions regulated export market engine (Australia, Japan):

Tag 1: DFZ = engine XU9J1/Z 1.9l 105cv / 103hp. This engine was fitted with a catalytic converter to meet stricter emissions regulations in those countries.

Tag 2: 1CW75 stamped into the tag, followed by a 7-digit unique engine number for that block stamped below. 


Note, we have not as yet sighted the engine details for vehicles from Switzerland and Sweden, so cannot confirm whether they comply with the same engine numbering as applied to Australian and Japanese cars. Should you have any information on the Swiss/Swedish cars, please contact us.

6. Gearbox number - 205 GTI 1.9l (Phase 1)

The Phase 1 205 GTI was fitted with the BE1 transmission.11 This code was cast into the gearbox housing as shown in the images. The BE1 transmission had the reverse gear at the top left position (next to 1st).


There were two different specifications of the BE1 gearbox fitted to Phase 1 cars:

A separate gearbox number was also applied to the gearbox, and was stamped into the gearbox casing. This number defines the specific gearbox specification and ratios applied.

1. Main European market gearbox:

These vehicles have a gearbox number prefixed with either 2BL77 (early gearbox), or 2BN31 (Replaced 2BL77). These gearboxes had a final drive ratio of 3.688:1.

2. Export market gearbox (Australia, Japan, Sweden and Switzerland):

These vehicles had a different gearbox specification fitted, and will have a gearbox number prefixed with either 2BL73 (early gearbox), or 2BN28 (Replaced 2BL73). These gearboxes had a final drive ratio of 3.938:1.



7. Mechanical Features - 205 GTI 1.9l (Phase 1)

There were several mechanical differences between the main European market cars, and certain export market vehicles. The mechanical specifications of each group have been outlined under each heading below. If any readers are aware of additional differences or general information that can be added in this section, please contact us. 

Main European market specifications:12

  • 1.9l 4-cylinder single overhead cam 8-valve belt driven XU9JA series engine producing 128bhp / 130cv / 95kw, with 9.6:1 compression ratio.
  • Bosch Jetronic LE2 multipoint fuel injection system.
  • 15 inch cast alloy Speedline wheels as applied to main European market cars: These wheels will have several markings cast on the inside of the spokes, including: SPEEDLINE SL299, ITALY, and the size 6J15CH419. See images for examples. The wheels have a 4 X 108 stud pattern, and were originally fitted with either Michelin or Pirelli 185/55/R15 radial ply tyres.
  • Front brakes: 247mm (9.7 inch diameter) ventilated discs with Bendix single piston callipers.
  • Rear brakes: 247mm (9.7 inch diameter) solid discs on with Bendix single piston callipers.


Export market specifications (Australia, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland):13

  • 1.9l 4-cylinder single overhead cam 8-valve belt driven XU9J1/Z series engine, producing 103 bhp / 105 cv / 77kw, with 8.4:1 compression ratio.
  • Bosch Jetronic LU2 multipoint fuel injection system. This system has the same operating principles as the LE2, however, incorporates an oxygen sensor in the exhaust system allowing the ECU to carry out fine fuel mixture adjustments to allow the use of a catalytic converter.
  • 14 inch cast alloy Speedline wheels as applied to certain export markets (Australia, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland): These wheels will have several markings cast on the face of the wheel rim. We have noticed that casting marks can slightly differ, and have provided the two possible alternatives in brackets where relevant. Casting marks included: SPEEDLINE SL 201, FAB. FRANCE / (or: MADE IN FRANCE), 5.50 J 14 FH H 24 (or: 5 ½ J14 FHH 4.24) and SMR 6717. See images for examples. These wheels have a 4 X 108 stud pattern, and were originally fitted with 185/60HR-14 Michelin MXV or Pirelli P600 radial ply tyres.
  • Front brakes: 247mm (9.7 inch diameter) ventilated discs with Bendix single piston callipers.
  • Rear brakes: 180mm (7.1 inch diameter) self-adjusting drum brakes with vacuum servo.


General specifications:

  • All 1.9l engine blocks are recognisable by the spacer placed between the sump and the engine block. This allowed the cars to increase their stroke to 1.9l, and is naturally not present on the 1.6l cars.
  • Oil cooler (mounted on the engine fan housing).
  • Front suspension: Independent, MacPherson struts, coil springs, lower wishbones and anti-roll bar.
  • Rear suspension: Independent trailing arms fixed to single beam axle, telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bar.
  • Phase 1 cars used a different door hinge design (using pins rather than bolts). See the comparison provided in the images.
  • The slam panel above the grille (under the bonnet) should be matt black or grey colour on a Phase 1 car. Later phase vehicles had the same body colour applied to the slam panel.
8. Literature - 205 GTI 1.9l (Phase 1)

Attached is a small collection of original brochures / advertisements for the Phase 1 205 GTI. The intention is to display these here for historical purposes.

If anyone has copies of early documentation (such as brochures, advertisements or specification sheets), please contact us so we can display the information. 

Please note, all documentation placed here is not owned by Classic Register, and is for historical reference and educational purposes only. Upon request from any original copyright owner, the material will be removed. 

9. References - 205 GTI 1.9l (Phase 1)

The following sources, among input from many enthusiasts, have contributed to the creation of this page. If you have any further information you believe can be added, please let us know by contacting us or commenting below.


  1. Maguet, G. (2004) Le Guide de La 205’ ETAI publishing: suggests the total for GTi’s at 294,514.
  2. Vehicle data sighted from sources in
  3. Thornton, D. (1997) Sporting Peugeot 205s, Amadeus Press Ltd, West Yorkshire,  p.26-29.
  4. Blackburn, J. (2011) The Essential Buyer's Guide: Peugeot 205 GTI, Veloce Publishing, Dorset UK, p.21.
  5. Thornton, D. (1997) Sporting Peugeot 205s, Amadeus Press Ltd, West Yorkshire UK, p. 27.
  6. Thornton, D. (1997) Sporting Peugeot 205s, Amadeus Press Ltd, West Yorkshire UK, p. 25.
  7. Thornton, D. (1997) Sporting Peugeot 205s, Amadeus Press Ltd, West Yorkshire UK, p. 27.
  8. Thornton, D. (1997) Sporting Peugeot 205s, Amadeus Press Ltd, West Yorkshire UK, p. 27.
  9. VIN breakdown and interpretation as outlined on, and consistent with several other online sources.
  10. See engine number details at Engine numbers also confirmed by checking examples of export market and main European market cars.
  11. See gearbox number details at
  12. Specifications as outlined in original brochures for relevant markets. See also specifications detailed on outlining the specifications of the relevant engine and gearbox applied.
  13. Specifications as outlined in original brochures for relevant markets, including Car Australia Magazine 1987. See also specifications detailed on outlining the specifications of the relevant engine and gearbox applied.


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