Blast from the past NLC

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Blast from the past NLC

Post by Clarkie » Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:05 pm

https://www.pistonheads.com/regulars/ph ... tted/40678

Owned one of these once upon a time
Mega quick, lift off oversteer a plenty, but made from cheese

Used to live at the end of long straight, at night under braking the dash lights would go out😳 headlights still on. After much head scratching found the wiring to the number plate light would drop down and short on the exhaust when hot. Only 86 left don’t make cars like they used too 👍🤣🤣

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Re: Blast from the past NLC

Post by renmure » Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:22 pm

There's a good article and review of them in this months Modern Classics magazine :thumbsup
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Re: Blast from the past NLC

Post by point n squirt » Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:19 pm

My mates cousin had one as his wifes dad owned McDonald motors Motherwell he wrote it off, Preferred the 205 1.9 gti just looked better imo.
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Re: Blast from the past NLC

Post by smee » Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:07 pm

Had a hankering for a Goodwood 309 for years.
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Re: Blast from the past NLC

Post by mik » Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:11 pm

Always wanted a 309GTi. More than a 205. Awesome cars.

Had this instead as my first performance vehicle. So much cheaper due to grandad image, but surprisingly eager to lift-off-oversteer and had sone great adventures in it. Have always liked under-dog cars....

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Re: Blast from the past NLC

Post by robin » Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:16 am

A very long time ago I had a 205xs - absolutely loved that car - was fast enough compared to other bangers I had owned until then and handling was supreme and it looked cool, better than the 309 I think. Then much later in life (but still a very long time ago) I owned a 209 1.9 GTI. Never ever liked it as much as the 205xs - hardly drove it and sold it on quickly.

You can keep the Maestro - who would deliberately design a car to look like an Allegro?!? :-) Probably worth a fortune today if you have one with a working dashboard (unlikely).
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Re: Blast from the past NLC

Post by Mikie711 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:27 am

I used to buy and sell 1.6 205 gti's. Absolutely loved that little car. Had a couple of 1.9's but never liked it as much, 1.6 was just the perfect mix of engine and chassis where as the 1.9 was to much engine, spoiled the balance.
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Re: Blast from the past NLC

Post by campbell » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:32 pm

Is that when they started calling you Big End Mikey?!

Never had a Pug of any sort and no hankering to I’m afraid. But know that the knowledgeable car journos loved em.

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Re: Blast from the past NLC

Post by Dark » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:46 am

robin wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:16 am
A very long time ago I had a 205xs - absolutely loved that car
I had one too! My first "performance" car and also dearly missed!

I had a 1.6 GTI for 2 weeks while the XS was having a warranty gearbox replacement and was lucky to hand it back in one piece, much to learn at age 20!

This video sums the XS up perfectly!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGJKvv9 ... dex=7&t=0s
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Re: Blast from the past NLC

Post by robin » Fri Dec 06, 2019 10:10 pm

Nice! Might have to find an excuse to buy one 😉
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