Peugeot 106 Guide
Okay, I’m a bit of a blagger, always have been, and back in 1997 when I was barely out of my teens I somehow managed to talk a dead friendly Peugeot salesman into lending me the keys to a brand new 106 GTi for a couple of hours. Seeing as I was smoking around in a ratty old Fiesta at t he time, those frenzied 120 minutes opened up my mind to a whole new world of speed, handling and, above all, fun. I don’t think that the tyres on that particular GTi ever recovered…
It was a bit of a golden age when Peugeot launched the 106 back in 1991. Manufacturers were making massive improvements in performance and chassis design yet the cars were still yet to be weighed down with all the safety gubbins and equipment that now comes as standard. The Mk1 106 always felt light on its feet, with the ultra nimble Rallye and XSi models being the real stars.
When the Phase II 106 came along in 1996 it was hard to resist its cheeky good looks and promise of a cracking drive, and with a sweet mix of easy to insure and fast as fook models us modders have always loved ‘em.