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Peugeot 205 goes more than the extra mile after clocking up over 338,000

Peugeot have been celebrating the recent success, following the launch of the new 208 / 208 GTi, with a very reliable 205.

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John Clive, a Southampton resident, has clocked up an astonishing 338,000 miles on his blue metallic Peugeot 205 since he bought it in 1990.

Penny, John’s wife, donated the Peugeot to Eastleigh College to go on its final road trip to help training the next generation of mechanics, after John sadly passed away in December 2012.

‘Fly’ – the nickname for this 205, was serviced regularly and passed its MOT every time without any issues.

John’s wife, Penny, said: “John loved his Peugeot 205 and he continued to be impressed by its reliability despite having driven nearly 340,000 miles in it. The car played an important role in our family life and we spent many happy hours driving to France for holidays as well as the more day-to-day trips like grocery shopping or doctors appointments.”

Andrew Didlick, Peugeot Director of Communications, said: “The 205 was an extremely important car for the brand and played a key role in Peugeot’s recovery after the global automotive slump in the 80s. It was and still is held in great affection by customers and the motor industry alike.”

John loved his Peugeot 205 so much that he even bought rosettes for the car to mark its mileage milestones and anniversaries.

Penny continued: “John didn’t believe in throwing things away, so I’d like to think he’d be pleased with my decision to donate the car to a good cause to help others study mechanics, I can’t think of a better car for the students to learn with.”

Andrew added: “John’s lifetime love for his Peugeot is truly heart-warming. By donating this car to Eastleigh College Penny is leaving a fantastic legacy for students in the area.

“As he next generation of students learn for the 205, so does the next generation of car – the Peugeot 208, which has taken inspiration from the best elements of its predecessors. Since its launch in June 2012, it has not only performed well in terms of sales in the UK but additionally over 230,000 models have hit the roads across Europe.”

A sporty descendant of the 205 has also recently been launched; the new Peugeot 208 GTi has already wooed the UK media and is set to become another Peugeot icon, living up to the principles of its ancestors in terms of handling and performance while still being economical to run.

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