206 SW Project Impossible

This car was never going to win a beauty competition as a standard 206 SW 1.6 HDi, as such it was dubbed ‘project impossible’ by Millsy at Max Power magazine & we’d like to think we made the impossible, possible.

Starting life as an Agean blue family wagon isn’t screaming street style but this little diesel has grand plans that sadly weren’t completely fulfilled. Despite this, what was achieved brought life to the concept hatched by Ecosse and had all the hallmarks of our flair for selling beyond what Peugeot offered.

Millsy was the custodian of this project, but sadly he was constantly curbed for spending on this car, which didn’t really make the journey easy for him, or us.

At the time, we felt we had already earned our stripes for building awesome 206’s so this odd ball request from Max Power to build this without payment was rejected by us. After negotiation, we agreed to build it, but had to pull in some industry favours to get wheels (lemon squeezers as we affectionally referred to them) and other fantastic additions such as the Esquiss Auto Virtuel kit, Air suspension & the Thule roof box.

The concept Diane took was almost a Euro style smooth look that had textured layers of colour. Although vibrant fruity colours have almost always been a base for most projects directed by her, this car required a different tact. She wanted a stretched out, long look, making the car appear phat & low.

The revelation of colour choice came whilst watching Scott, our master painter, make his cup of coffee, pulling the milk from the fridge and swiping a handful of chocolate biscuits (a ritual that hasn’t changed in the 20 odd years he’s been here). So the blended mix of matt coffee, gloss cream & a rich dark metallic chocolate was born. This is where House of Kolor came to deliver these delicious colours. We were already in the coveted position of being a bodyshop of their highest recommendation. This fostered a trusted bond which resulted in some of the most fabulously painted Ecosse creations.

The disappointing part of this story is that towards the end of Max Power being popular, the car didn’t get its interior done. We had originally designed it to have chocolate leather with suede coffee centres topped with cream headrests & details. The sound system was going to be set up into the roofbox but the car just didn’t get the money and focus from the media purse strings. Millsy sadly had the car taken from him and it found its way to Coventry Motor Museum where it lived a quiet life until it made a surprise appearance at the Dundee Motor Museum where it has been lovingly looked after by Shaun Atkinson who takes it out and about to promote the museums’ vehicles.