Details about 1985 CITROEN VISA GTI 1.9 BLACK VERY RARE ONLY 18 LEFT WORTHWHILE RESTO PROJECTSee original listing
08 May, 2012 14:08:26 BST
March, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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|Reg. Mark:||C*** *** Get the Vehicle Status Report|
|Model:||Visa||Engine Size:||1,905 cc|
|Model Year:||1985||Drive Side:||Right-hand drive|
|Reg. Date:||16 Sep 1985||Road Tax:||--|
|In-Car Audio:||--||Service History:||--|
|Interior/Comfort Options:||--||Safety Features:||--|
|Previously Registered Overseas:||--|
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Welcome to this listing for a now very rare Citroen Visa GTi. For those that are not aware of these cars, they have the 1.6 Litre Fuel Injected XU5J Engine with a five speed gearbox that is also found in it's close competitor, the Peugeot 205 GTi. Like the Peugeot, the Visa has struts and springs at the front but the difference lies at the rear with the Visa having trailing arms instead of a torsion bar. As you can imagine, a car of this size and weight (890 KG) coupled with the free-revving 1.6 engine it certainly does motor along. What makes this particular car that bit more special, is that it actually has had a 1.9 Litre Fuel Injected Engine fitted from what I believe is from a Citroen BX GTi 8v, or the Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9.
Visa's are very rare nowadays with only 121 being left according to the well known How Many Left Website, however according to our research in the Citroen Car Club we know of just 18 Visa GTi's to survive! Adding to this obscurity is that this is the only known Black Visa GTi left in England. The closest one we know of is one other on the Isle of Man. Visa GTi's rarely come up for sale and so this is an opportunity that may not come up again. The restoration of this car will be very rewarding for the new owner, and they will have an excellent alternative to the much more common 205 GTi.
As you have probably realised by now, this particular GTi will need a full restoration to bring back to it's former glory. It is perfectly do-able though and it's only a circumstance change meaning that I will not be restoring this myself and getting it back on the road. Thus, it is being offered up for sale on here and hopefully the new owner will be able to bring it to the International Citroen Car Club Rally in Harrogate in August, rather than it just being used as a "parts car"...
Bodywork-wise, I have put many high res pictures of it below so you can see what the bodywork condition is like. It is a genuine Black car and as you can see from the pictures it has previously had white panels from a later GTi fitted as well as the bodykit too. The bodykit condition is generally good however there is some slight damage to the front bumper. The bodykit is quite loose, but you'll no doubt be removing this from the car when restoration starts. As with all Visa's there is rust and it is in the usual cases associated with these cars. There is rust to the bulkhead, sills, rear arches and below the bootlid. You can see pictures of the doors where some rust is coming through, however these are not the worse doors I have seen on Visa's!
Mechanically I know very little however when I received the car I did connect a battery up and the engine did turn over freely. I didn't investigate starting any further so do not know the mechanical condition of the car.
The interior is quite good considering the age, however as is the usual, there is wear to the drivers seat bolster and the headlining has dropped down. No doubt there's other faults with the interior however there's plenty of photos for you to see. There's a whole host of spares that came with it in the boot that I am letting go with it.
Overall, from what I can see, the car looks nearly complete and would make an excellent project and great fun when completed especially with the added benefit of the 1.9 engine.
This is a car that needs a full restoration. If you are not sure of the condition please come and see as people's opinions always differ. This restoration is do-able and if circumstances were different I would be doing it myself. This car has been off of the road for a number of years so please do not come down upon collection and complain of a dent/scratch. This could be an ideal contender for a sprint/classic rally car due to their light weight (890KG) or a summer car to enjoy. I do not have a V5 Log Book, so this will be up to the new owner to apply for one.
Any questions please ask, and if want anything specific photographing then just ask.
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I can arrange delivery of the Visa if that helps too.
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N.B - if you are the person reading this that I bought it from, I unfortunately misplaced your contact details so apologies I couldn't offer you first refusal as promised...