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1984 Renault 5 Turbo 2

Lot No.: 303

Registration: A268 BKU
Chassis Number: VF1822000E0000943
Engine Number: 2007
Number of cylinders: 4
CC: 1397cc
Year of Manufacture: 1984
RHD/LHD: Left Hand Drive
Sold for (£): 63,000
  • Pearl painted, mid-engined, wide-bodied, turbocharged, hot hatch - only in the 1980s
  • Just 14,000 miles, excellent bodywork, and a recent full inspection by a well-known marque specialist
  • Delivered new to Germany, ordered with Bronze tinted power windows. Remains matching numbers
  • Period upgrades include; European Turbo 1 Cup-spec Matter roll cage, Devil exhaust, and Gotti split-rim wheels
  • Iconic, full-blooded collector's car with genuine period rally pedigree from the golden era of motorsport
In 1980, Renault introduced their new R5 Turbo as a pure homologation special to compete in 'Group 4' racing and international rallies. The 5 Turbo was based on the production Renault 5 Alpine, but Renault Sport engineers scrapped the standard front-engine, front wheel drive layout in favour of a mid-engine, rear drive setup. In 1981, Jean Ragnotti and his co-driver Jean-Marc Andrie won the Monte Carlo Rally outright for Renault, and the following year Ragnotti won the Tour de Corse. In 1984, 'Group B' homologation was sought for the Renault Maxi 5 Turbo to enable it to contest the World Rally Championship and the following year, Ragnotti added another Tour de Corse win with the Maxi 5 turbo. After the first batch of 400 road cars had been made to satisfy 'Group 4' homologation volume requirements, a second generation, known as the 'Turbo 2' was to follow.

On offer from a private collection, this example presents very well in its factory colour scheme of Pearl White paint and Brown leather with Alcantara interior. The first owner of Turbo 2 chassis #943 was, at the time, a Renault dealer-principal and decided to upgrade his Turbo 2 for a more rally-like soundtrack and appearance, and upgrades included an aluminium Matter roll cage, a Devil exhaust, and Gotti split-rim wheels. Within the document file, you will find a Renault Heritage Certificate confirming that the chassis and engine numbers match and upon inspection you will find both the roll cage and the spare wheel are model-year correct.   

A recent full inspection by Renault 5 Turbo specialist, Olly Melliard, showed that mechanically this example is excellent, with a strong engine generating very good oil pressure. The gear linkage has been 'rose-jointed' to improve driveability and, on road test, the car apparently performed very well. This is a well-known car within the Renault Turbo 2 fraternity and is regarded as a very honest and solid example.  As such, it was recently filmed for Top Gear (to be aired in the near future) and is featured in this December's issue of 'Classic Cars' magazine. To be sold with its V5, document folder including recent invoices for a full professional detail, recent mechanical maintenance, current MoT, and older invoices. Genuine examples of this iconic rally thoroughbred rarely come to market and, offered at a very realistic guide, this is a great opportunity to acquire a car that will not only put a smile on your face every time you turn the key but could also turn out to be rather a smart investment.