Super Clean 1992 Peugeot 309 GTI

I grew up in the car culture, from customising my…

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A throwback photo shoot in France of this super clean 1992 Peugeot 306 GTI back in 2008.

Photography by Tony & Carmen Matthews

Carmen and I have been part of the car culture lifestyle since we were 16 years old and as time went by, I worked for a car magazine in England and then we both went sole as freelance photographers.

With all the connections we had made over in Europe, there were alot of people with cars who wanted to have their builds featured in International magazines. So for 7 years on weekends, we did just that. What we now have, is a library of amazing cars we photographed all those years ago, ready for their second outing. One of the finest French cars we shot back in 2008, was this Peugeot 309 GTI. We managed to spend a few hours with the owner Thomas who comes from Belgium, at the Super GTI Magazine car show.

I will let the owner Thomas Kenens from Belgium telling you more about the project.

It all started 4 years ago, when I found a Peugeot 309 GTI that was impounded from the previous owner, because he was having no insurance or valid tax on the car. I bought it in bad condition for an good price.

I started to get it setup for the yearly MOT inspection and to make sure that it was road worth for my daily drive. I kept the car in this condition for about one year and then I started meeting members of the Peugeot-club, Pug drivers Belgium. They asked me to join the meetings and it gave me a boost to go further with my 309 and that’s where my obsession started.

First step was the engine, because in my opinion this was the first thing that would make me happy to have running properly. So together with my friend Wesly and some homies we did a full rebuild! Starting with a shorter group N gearbox, we then fitted a quickshifter, balanced and lightened bottom end, put in a Shrick cam that would give me a 3mm more lift.

We then rebuilt and skimmed the head with a few 1/10s to get the compression higher. We also added an adjustable fuel regulator to get more pressure, K&N cold air intake to replace the standard air box and a 4-2-1 tubular exhaust manifold to replace the original one, joined to a custom 2 ¼” stainless steel exhaust. And last but not least a nice big bottle of nitrous to give that heavenly feeling and all that has been custom mapped. Rated power is 150bhp with a 75bhp nitrous boost.

After the engine build, I wanted suspension to match the performance and so I purchased KW variant 1 coilovers and lowered it as far as its possible. I also adjusted the rear torsions with additional shocks from KW and to give it better cornering stability, I added a strut brace from Sparco. I also upgraded the brakes with some Sparco discs with Sparco pads.

I wish I could turn it into a turbo engine but the Belgian laws will not let us upgrade anything on the car. It’s a bit of a disappointment if you see what the other countries allow on modified cars. So hopefully one day we’ll all be judged the same.

When all the above was fitted I started to add some alloy parts are first hand polished by myself. I then added some Samco hoses and Magnecor silicone leads to give it a nice touch of color. Before the engine went in I gave the engine bay a nice re-spray to fit with the car afterwards.

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Second step was the outside of the car, I wanted to keep it as original as possible but with a personal touch to it. I removed the screen washer, rear wiper, the antenna and the pug emblem in the grille and I removed all the emblems that were on the car. I bought new original front and rear bumpers, a pair of new headlights, foglights and beams including the backlights to bring the 309 back from the dead.

Now I had to put my car and trust in the painters hands and it got a nice re-spray in the original color the ETW graphite grey. When I saw it after the respray, I knew I made the right decision to keep to the original paint. With the exterior looking perfect, next up was a set of new wheels. I decided on a set of ARTEC S1 edition two-piece wheels in 8,5” x 16” with Dunlop SP9000 195/40r16 tires pulled up wide.

For the interior, I was in between having Sparco Evo seats or keep the original ones? I decided in keeping the originals as they were super comfy. So the only thing I had to do was putting them in a new jacket. The choice for the seats was the black BMW Montana leather with a allicanté redline accent.

The removal of the original clothing and the pre-work were done by myself and for the the finishing touch I asked help from my good friend from Kustom Creations who did a perfect job.

I needed to rebuild the roof console in fiberglass to get the 6 points OMP roll cage fitted. Koen from Kustom Creations also made me a special battery cover in leather with the same details as the seats. As I am a healthy boy and never would smoke in the car I replaced the ashtray for a AFR meter and the ignition swith for the nitrous. The steering wheel got replaced by a Sparco, and the pedals and gearknob are from a Peugeot 206 GTi.

With the car complete, it is one of the only few Peugeot 309 GTi’s, that I’ve seen taken to this level of finish as not many people have these as projects and that’s what makes this one even more special.

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