Let’s rewind back to a time when things were a little… simpler. Less angry. Less thrusting. Let’s rewind back to the time of the Peugeot 306 GTI-6. Modern hot hatches are quickly becoming unusable, at least on the public roads. Both the new Mercedes-AMG A45 S and Audi RS3, for example, offer the sort of performance that will keep up with modern supercars in some cases. The amount of driver aids needed to keep up with the amount of bhp these monsters spit out is a far cry from the simpler times.

Clean, simple lines. No wings or vents. A simple, naturally aspirated and moderately powerful four-cylinder, 2.0-litre 16v petrol engine up front, driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox to the tune of 167bhp. A modest 0-62mph time of around eight seconds or so, and a top speed of 135mph.

Not only was the 306 a really, really pretty thing, this GTI handled very well indeed – lots of lovely steering feel, a superbly set up chassis that offered grip and the odd bit of lift-off oversteer, all packaged into something weighing just 1,125kg.

Sometimes, you just need to remind yourself that not everything had to have four-wheel-drive or a stupendously turbocharged engine or technical wizardry. You just need a 306 GTI-6. Good luck finding a decent example today.

This 1997 Peugeot 306 GTI is a superb example of the 90’s hot hatch, Its rev-happy 2.0-litre 16V engine produces up to 167 bhp, sending power to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. The odometer currently indicates 56,945 miles from new.

First registered in Feb 1997, this 306 GTI has had 5 previous keepers on the log book. The most recent private owner acquired the car in January 2018. It has been enjoyed and cherished throughout its life, and has evidently been kept in good order.

This 306 GTI appears with flush shut lines and smooth panels, with no sign of any prior accidents. The car’s headlight and taillight lenses present well, while all of the exterior plastic trims are also in good condition, showing only one or two light marks.

Moving inside, the seats are trimmed in black fabric with leather bolsters, which are believed to be original throughout, showing a slightly faded finish but with no rips or tears. The steering wheel and gear knob also exhibit some wear, but this lends the car a well-preserved appearance in the cabin. The vendor reports that all of the switchgear works as it should, with no electrical issues detected, and no warning lights on the dashboard.

The last service was undertaken in April 2018 at 54,771 miles, when the car received an engine oil and filter change, coolant change. The car had a new cam belt and water pump, and a new auxiliary belt in its 2015 Service. The rest of the history is listed below :

1,746 @ Sept 1998

7,508 @ December 1999

17,502 @ May 2000

26,538 @ May 2001

33,000 @ August 2003

43,555 October 2004

50,125 April 2011

50,195 Mat 2015 (Cambelt and Pump changed)

54,771 April 2018

The most recent MOT test was on March 2019 at 56,213, which resulted in a clean pass with no advisories. The tyres are in good condition, with around 6-7mm of tread remaining. A new MOT will be put on the car for sale.

Accompanying the vehicle are the original owner’s manual, along with a sales brochure and model booklets. Also present is a partial history of previous MOT certificates and lots of receipts for maintenance work

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