As such I'd happily swap a six-figure mileage for saving a couple of grand, especially for what would appear to be an original, unmolested car. Those with experience of both rate the purity and intensity of the S1. Hand on heart if I could find one that's the version I'd prefer too. But even among owners' clubs pickings are seemingly thin, the only S1s sold recently looking like they needed a fair amount of work.
The S2's 1.6-litre motor is, seemingly, relatively more torquey and flexible. But it's still a sub-tonne car with a smidge over 100hp so making progress is going to require commitment to using that Rallye breeding to the full. I absolutely adore the looks too, the steel wheels always standing out to me as something a bit special. To me this was a bit of a test by Peugeot - if you 'got' the concept of 14-inch steel wheels when the 'scene' was obsessed with big alloys then you understood the car's rationale. And white on white with Peugeot Sport stickers looks utterly fabulous.
The proof would be in the viewing – and the driving – but the ad is more confidence inspiring than most you'll see for cars of this type and if that 205 is anything to go by it'd be a smart, not to mention entertaining, way to tie up a relatively meagre sum of money. Worst you could hope for would be getting the same back, including the upkeep to maintain it in this condition. I'd settle for that.