Good job the only 306 GTI6 currently in the PistonHeads classifieds looks like a good'n. In fact, it's the right colour too, being the same as one my incredibly generous boss used to lend me on occasion. Tim, if you only knew…
Moving swiftly on I remember that car as being both fast and incredibly agile. The 306 is a very handsome car too, those crisp Pininfarina lines striking a delicate but impeccable balance between sportiness and elegance. By modern standards – and given the way it goes – it's an understated machine. But from the meaningfully weighted steering to that charismatic 2.0-litre engine and 'passive' twist-beam rear-wheel steering it's a proper driver's car. A hot hatch for grown-ups, I like to think.
This one's low mileage, originality and solid history add up to a £6,995 asking price that might seem relatively steep. They're generally simple cars but benefit from proper care – regular cambelt changes are a must for instance. The reality is they've been cheap for a long time though, this meaning many have been run on a shoestring, modded, crashed and trashed and treated as cheap, disposable fun. Those worth saving are few and far between but there's now a generation reaching the point where they're considering a 'mid-life crisis' plaything and find themselves priced out of the market for classic Porsches and similar. As such revisiting their hot hatch glory days in a car like a GTI6 is a tempting alternative, the scarcity of well-preserved cars like this meaning your money would be safe I reckon.
With that in mind, I probably wouldn't drive it with quite the gusto of Mr and Mrs Loeb out for a spin down the lanes. But the thought would be there.