We're talking about the Peugeot 205 GTI. Light and small with a minute 1600cc engine and pleasing lack of go-faster paraphernalia, we've just rediscovered how good the 205 GTI is. The Great Escape Classic Car Hire Peugeot has just returned from a few weeks of fettling that has returned the car to the B-road banzai it should be. Frankly, this is one heck of a car.
23 years since our 1988 car was built and we're not sure its combination of peppy, rev-happy acceleration and go-kart like handling precision have been bettered. Here is a front drive car that entertains along every inch of the road. The steering is super-direct, with plenty of feedback, and the handling is a delight. The 205 doesn't achieve handling greatness at the exclusion of driver input and skill, in the way that say a Mazda MX5 does. This is a car you have to drive, that has character and verve. And it will catch you out. The Peugeot's lift off oversteer is the stuff of legends - for good reason. Release the throttle mid-bend and chances are you're going to hit the greenery. But it's these flaws that make the MX5 great. There are plenty of faster cars that will get you from A to B more safely and with less effort, but that isn't the point of a driver's car.
Today the Peugeot 205 GTI has to be the ultimate classic car bargain. Good examples start at £1500. They're easy to fix, pretty reliable and economical too. And at that price, sacrilige it may be, but if it goes seriously wrong, scrap it. There are plenty about.
Having driven E Types, Jensens, Astons and Porsches that cost more to service than the Peugeot costs to buy, frankly I'm amazed more people haven't caught on to the Peugeot 205 GTI. We'd like to see more people hire this amazing little car - and at just £95 for 24 hours, including unlimited mileage, it must surely be the most enjoyable way for a classic fan to spend under £100.
The Peugeot5 205 GTI is available to hire from our Cotswolds site near Stratford Upon Avon. For more details call 01527 893733 or visit http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/.
The Jaguar XJ-S is experiencing a solid renaissance as classic car fans warm to its combination of elegant style, comfort and ease of ownership. This is reflected in its demand as a car for hire. It's perfect for a day or weekend away touring the Yorkshire Moors, Dales or coast in cosseting, svelte luxury. The combination of silky smooth V12 engine and one of the most unruffled rides this side of a Rolls Royce, plus the benefit of a full electric convertible roof, make time in the XJS a very relaxing experience.
The new Jaguar XJS convertible is available to hire from Great Escape's Yorkshire base, with collection from our Leeds site. Every hire day includes a full 24 hours use, unlimited mileage, comprehensive insurance and full AA breakdown cover. Prices start at just £195 for 24 hours.
For more information on the Jaguar XJS to hire in Yorkshire call 01527 893733 or visit http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk/.
The Great Escape Classic Car Hire Morris Minor Traveller lived up to its name recently when it travelled an astonishing 600 miles in 4 days. The back to back hires over the Goodwood Revival weekend in September tested the reliability of this 54 year old voyager. Thanks to a careful maintenance regime the car passed the test without fault.
The mammoth trip took in the Goodwood Revival, where the car was eligible for the exclusive pre-66 parking area, as well as a tour around the Cotswolds. The Morris Minor Traveller is very popular with customers who enjoy the nostalgia of driving a car that was many people’s first experience of family transport.
The Morris Minor Traveller is part of Great Escape Classic Car Hire’s fleet of 5 Morris Minors for hire in the UK. All cars can be hired on a self drive basis and prices start at just £145 for 24 hours. For more details on cars for hire and locations visit http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk or call 01527 893733.
Great Escape Classic Car Hire is celebrating another successful corporate event, this time for a group on a stag do. The classic car rental company provided a range of 5 cars for the group of 13 men to tour the Cotswolds in the late autumn sun. The company also provided a route with a treasure hunt – to add a competitive element – and suggested lunch stop.
The group drove a 100 mile route in a variety of classic cars from Great Escape’s Cotswolds fleet, including Alfa Romeo Spider, MGB convertible, Bentley T1 and even a Morris Minor Convertible. It was the fourth corporate event run by Great escape in just two weeks.
Great Escape regularly runs events for corporate and private clients and this experience means the company is able to cater for different budgets. Prices for corporate events including a tour, treasure hunt and lunch can start at as little as £145 per person.
“We tailor every event to the customer,” explains Graham Eason of Great Escape. “We have the right logistical support to ensure every event runs smoothly and a wide range of cars to accommodate all tastes and budgets.”