Unique Peugeot 205 T16 PTS Clubman sells for £115k at Amelia Island auction

Formerly owned by Lotus and GM, this Peugeot 205 T16 test mule benefited from period cutting-edge tech.

On 10 March, the 2018 Amelia Island auction saw over a hundred cars cross the auction block in search of new owners. Arguably, the rarest of them, a Peugeot 205 T16 PTS Clubman with an intriguing history, sold for $157k (£115k). Purchased as a test bed for a suspension development project, co-conducted by Lotus and General Motors, it was one of few T16s specified with the PTS (Peugeot Talbot Sport) Clubman package from the factory.

Having had Peugeot, Lotus and GM impart some engineering expertise upon this homologation special – it goes without saying it’s exceptionally rare. Despite its interesting backstory, the hammer dropped short of its substantial estimate of $180-250k (c£92-180k). It was presented with just 16,000 miles on the clock, having spent the previous 34 years parked up in GM’s Heritage Collection. 

> Peugeot 208 GTi review

In the 1980s, GM sought out Lotus to assist in the development of an active suspension system for the Chevrolet Corvette. GM provided Lotus with a test mule to develop the system in the shape of a 205 T16, however it was equipped with the PTS Clubman package – taking the total price of the car to about €180k – which brought upgrades borrowed from the Group B T16 rally car. It’s said that less than 30 cars benefited from the substantial performance upgrade.

It comprised new engine internals such as a dry-sump system and reinforced pistons, as well as higher turbo-boost pressure, that lifted the 1.8-litre’s power output from 197bhp to near 300bhp. The addition of a centre-mounted LSD and shorter gearing constituted the transmission modifications, while the bodyshell was seam-welded and fitted with a roll-cage for extra rigidity. 

> Peugeot 208 GTi by Peugeot Sport - eCoty best supermini

Of course, the Group B icon wasn't the only lot to catch evo’s eye, and the bidders’ for that matter. The requisite contingent of Ferraris included a 458 Speciale and 330 GTC that sold for £370k and £275k respectively. More Italian exotica from Lamborghini included a Diablo VT 6.0 SE that fetched about £297k and an LM002 which collected £215k.

Elsewhere, the Amelia Island auction demonstrated that demand for classic Porsches remains strong. A collection dedicated to the Porsche (964) 911 saw a 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.8  – one of 12 964s up for sale – sell for almost £1.2million.

Recommended

Performance-orientated Peugeot Sport Engineered models for every model line
Peugeot Sport Engineered models
Peugeot

Performance-orientated Peugeot Sport Engineered models for every model line

Peugeot is going big with its new PSE line-up, with hot hybrids to spread across the range
14 Jan 2021
Peugeot Hybrid4 500kW Le Mans Hypercar class racer technical details revealed
Peugeot Sport Hybrid4 500kW - powertrain silhouette
Peugeot

Peugeot Hybrid4 500kW Le Mans Hypercar class racer technical details revealed

Peugeot Sport has developed an all-new all-wheel drive twin-turbo V6 hybrid powertrain for new racer
14 Dec 2020

Most Popular

MAT Stratos 2021 review – Lancia’s iconic Stratos reborn
MAT Stratos – front tracking
Lancia

MAT Stratos 2021 review – Lancia’s iconic Stratos reborn

It’s been a long time coming, but this Ferrari F430-based reimagining of the Lancia Stratos is finally here
11 Jun 2021
2021 Audi RS3 Sportback and saloon previewed – will it finally match Mercedes-AMG A45 S?
Audi RS3 manufacturer spy 1
Audi RS3

2021 Audi RS3 Sportback and saloon previewed – will it finally match Mercedes-AMG A45 S?

Audi Sport is putting the final touches on its new RS3 hot hatch and saloon
10 Jun 2021
Posaidon’s 217mph Mercedes-AMG E63 RS is faster than a Porsche 918 Spyder
Posaidon Mercedes-AMG E63
Mercedes E63 AMG

Posaidon’s 217mph Mercedes-AMG E63 RS is faster than a Porsche 918 Spyder

Three new Posaidon power upgrades are now available for Mercedes-AMG’s E63 S, bringing hypercar numbers to the four door supersaloon
9 Jun 2021
Ferrari F8 Tributo replacement mule spied – will it emulate the McLaren Artura?
Ferrari F171 spy 2021 – front
Ferrari

Ferrari F8 Tributo replacement mule spied – will it emulate the McLaren Artura?

Ferrari’s going hybrid and V6 for its next mid-engined supercar
9 Jun 2021
Tesla Model S Plaid deliveries begin – 1006bhp super saloon now reaching customers
Tesla Model S Plaid
Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S Plaid deliveries begin – 1006bhp super saloon now reaching customers

The long-awaited Tesla Model S Plaid has finally come to fruition, with first US examples hitting the road
11 Jun 2021
HKS in development of a supercharger kit for new 2021 Toyota GR 86
HKS Toyota GR 86
Toyota

HKS in development of a supercharger kit for new 2021 Toyota GR 86

Japanese tuner HKS is in development of a supercharger upgrade package for the new GR 86
9 Jun 2021
2021 Alpina XD3 and XD4 update revealed – extra torque from Alpine’s quad-turbo diesel SUV
Alpina XD3 and XD4 2021 – header
Alpina XD3

2021 Alpina XD3 and XD4 update revealed – extra torque from Alpine’s quad-turbo diesel SUV

The updates to the Alpina XD3 and XD4 are largely of the aesthetic kind, but more torque and new chassis calibrations are also part of the package
10 Jun 2021
2021 Maserati GranTurismo to go EV-only – IC option ditched
2021 Maserati GranTurismo spy – track
Maserati

2021 Maserati GranTurismo to go EV-only – IC option ditched

GranTurismo coupe and its soft-top GranCabrio sibling to be reborn later this year, but controversially without the proposed combustion alternative...…
11 Jun 2021
Cheap fast cars 2021 – the best budget performance cars on the market
Cheap fast cars 2021
used cars

Cheap fast cars 2021 – the best budget performance cars on the market

If you buy right and do your research, the cheap fast car is a wonderful thing. Here are our top picks between £1000 and £10,000
25 May 2021
2022 BMW X3 and X4 M Competition pricing announced
2022 BMW X3 and X4 M Competitions
BMW

2022 BMW X3 and X4 M Competition pricing announced

Engine upgrades, a chassis recalibration and some striking new visuals for BMW’s hot midsize SUVs
11 Jun 2021
Used car deals of the week
Used car deals 11 June 21
used cars

Used car deals of the week

Here's what caught evo’s fancy this week on the second hand car market
11 Jun 2021
Best small cars 2021 – pocket rockets reviewed and rated
Best small cars 2021
Best cars

Best small cars 2021 – pocket rockets reviewed and rated

You don’t need 200bhp or more in a small hatchback to have fun – these ‘warm’ small cars are the proof
7 Jun 2021
2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost review
2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost
Rolls-Royce Ghost

2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost review

Latest Ghost gets a new platform, four-wheel steering and fresh looks, and continues to set the luxury saloon bar
5 Jun 2021
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport unveiled – elegant take on the record-breaking hypercar
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport
Bugatti Chiron

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport unveiled – elegant take on the record-breaking hypercar

Chiron Super Sport to join the 300+ with a new focus on luxury and speed
8 Jun 2021