Introduced in the fall of 1977, the Peugeot 305 signaled the arrival of a new family of models whose name ended in 05. The car’s Pininfarina-designed lines were modern for the era and many compared its front end to that of the Simca 1307/1308/1309 trio that was launched two years earlier.
The 305’s career got off to a good start partly because it was offered with a wide selection of robust gasoline- and diesel-burning four-cylinder engines. Additional variants were added throughout the production run, including a performance-focused GTX model powered by a single-carb version of the 1.9-liter four-cylinder mill that became famous under the hood of the 205 GTI a few years later.
As had been the case with most of Peugeot’s prior sedans, the 305 spawned a versatile station wagon and a two-door panel van aimed at commercial buyers. Peugeot reportedly toyed around with the idea of building a coupe and a convertible but it never made a favorable business case for either and they never left the drawing board.
The 305 sedan was replaced by the larger 405 in 1988 but the wagon survived for about another year after that.
Today, the 305 is not particularly rare in its home country of France and government statistics indicate that about 4,600 examples are still left on the road. The story is different in the United Kingdom, where less than a hundred registered examples are accounted for. 305s are particularly common in Morocco, too.
A quick look in the local classifieds reveals that a relatively clean 305 sedan can be purchased for less than a €1,000. As the oldest examples prepare to celebrate their 36th birthday, will the 305 became sought-after and go up in value over the coming years, or will it be a little too bland to earn the attention of collectors?