Despite its rarity and age the ZS still manages to attract the crowds and approving looks from on lookers who are mainly men and in the early 20's who want to race it. The rest of the on lookers are blokes in their 30's who remember them from years gone by, but were never brave enough to own a Peugeot and so stuck to Fiestas instead.
It really is Peugeot's best kept secret. Even the dealers have no idea what it is. Some places try to sell you 106 parts and can be quite adamant that there really is no 104.
Some won't like to hear this, but this was the start to the great 205 GTi. The ZS (no more than a foot longer than the Mini) really can hold it's head up high in the fast cornering though Gallic body roll is very much evident. But this isn't a problem as this makes the car extremely comfortable in day to day use.
Space from behind the drivers seat is limited and the rear seat is about as useful as wet socks are to someone with hypothermea. As for the boot, it gives a whole new meaning to "traveling light". That said, the rear seat does fold and l have been able to fill the little space with huge amounts of stuff.
As for it's go, it was a great ball of fire in it's day and CAR magazine rated it quite highly when they tested it against such machines as the Golf GTi, Talbot Sunbeam Lotus, Chevette HSR and Fiat 127 sport. It would also give an Alfasud a run for its money, but the Peugeot wouldn't be gone following winter.