Admittedly, Richard Burns drove faster Peugeots than this one – but it’s fair to say E777 KKV had a hand in elevating the Englishman to the world stage.
A decade on from turning in an RAC Rally class-winning performance aboard this very Group A Peugeot 309 GTI (he also finished 16th overall), Burns and co-driver Robert Reid were crowned World Rally Champions on the same event.
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Burnsie only drove it the once, as a thank you from legendary Peugeot Talbot Sport boss Des O’Dell. Successive wins in the 1990 and 1991 Peugeot Challenge had marked RB out as a major talent for the future and his debut aboard the 16-valve 309 was further evidence of what was to come.
The car, which had been part of the Burns private collection from 1999 until 2021, was also driven by Swedish stars Kalle Grundel and Kenneth Eriksson’s younger brother Håkan.
Mikael Sundström was given the keys for the 1988 Manx International, having driven a fearsome 205 T16 to fourth overall on the same event two years earlier. Sadly, the Finn binned the 309 in the Mines stage while running at the wrong end of the top 10.
That mishap is ancient history and this piece of history could be sitting in your garage in next to no time.