Bonhams : 1983 Renault 5 TURBO IIVIN. VF1822000D0000912
<b>1983 Renault 5 TURBO II</b><br />VIN. VF1822000D0000912

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Lot 158
1983 Renault 5 TURBO II

Sold for US$ 123,200 inc. premium
1983 Renault 5 TURBO II

VIN. VF1822000D0000912

1,397cc OHV Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Engine
Bosch K-Jet Fuel Injection
158bhp at 6,000rpm
5-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Low mileage 1980s icon
*Refurbished and presented in beautiful condition
*Dazzling Electric Blue paint
*Long-term California ownership


THE RENAULT 5 TURBO

Not to be confused with the conventional front-wheel drive Renault 5 GT Turbo, the Renault 5 Turbo was a mid-engined homologation special built in limited numbers for Group 4 and Group B rallying. Renault's considerable F1-derived, turbo-charging expertise was applied to the humble 1.4-liter overhead-valve engine, resulting in a power increase to 160bhp (in road trim), an output sufficient for a top speed of 125mph and a 0-60 time of less than seven seconds. Two iterations of the Turbo were produced over its nearly half decade production run. The first, retroactively referred to as the "Turbo I," was the harder edged homologation car that featured many of the alloy components utilized in the competition cars. Later, Renault would introduce the Turbo 2 variant which was introduced after the initial competition requirements were met and so these cars utilized more parts from the standard 5 models. This brought with it a lower price tag, and the performance between the two iterations is negligible. Overall 1820 Turbo 1s were produced while 3167 Turbo 2s left the factory later.

A thinly disguised two-seater supercar, the Turbo was first seen in prototype form at the 1978 Paris Salon and made its competition debut in 1980 on the Tour de Corse, Jean Ragnoti's 250bhp works car leading the event before succumbing to electrical trouble. In 1981, Ragnotti/Andrie won the Monte Carlo Rally outright for Renault and the following year Ragnotti won the Tour de Corse again. Upon the introduction of the monstrous Audi Quattro, the days of rear wheel drive rally cars were numbered. This small Renault represent the end of an era and is something truly special.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

With an MSRP of $22,500, the Renault 5 Turbo II was not exactly a cheap car in 1983, and you can see why. Presented here with rare features such as air-conditioning and the typical Gotti wheels, this Turbo II looks just right. The previous owner bought the car in the mid-1990s and drove it on a regular basis for the five years following its purchase. Later the car was given a thorough refurbishment, and the exterior color was changed from black to the as-delivered Electric Blue. At the same time the engine was gone through, and new brakes and suspension components were installed. The car is currently fitted with the period-correct 15-inch Gotti wheels. Under the current ownership, the vehicle has received additional work in the form of a new clutch being installed. A Devil Sport exhaust has also been fitted provided a mild power boost and a more aggressive sound.

With what is believed to be a genuine 67,000kms (42,000 miles) showing on the odometer, this 1980s icon is presented a clean CARFAX. As one of the hottest hatchbacks of the era, these youngtimer cars are increasingly popular and when one has driven them it is indeed clear why.
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<b>1983 Renault 5 TURBO II</b><br />VIN. VF1822000D0000912
<b>1983 Renault 5 TURBO II</b><br />VIN. VF1822000D0000912
<b>1983 Renault 5 TURBO II</b><br />VIN. VF1822000D0000912
<b>1983 Renault 5 TURBO II</b><br />VIN. VF1822000D0000912
<b>1983 Renault 5 TURBO II</b><br />VIN. VF1822000D0000912
<b>1983 Renault 5 TURBO II</b><br />VIN. VF1822000D0000912
<b>1983 Renault 5 TURBO II</b><br />VIN. VF1822000D0000912
<b>1983 Renault 5 TURBO II</b><br />VIN. VF1822000D0000912
<b>1983 Renault 5 TURBO II</b><br />VIN. VF1822000D0000912
<b>1983 Renault 5 TURBO II</b><br />VIN. VF1822000D0000912
<b>1983 Renault 5 TURBO II</b><br />VIN. VF1822000D0000912
<b>1983 Renault 5 TURBO II</b><br />VIN. VF1822000D0000912
<b>1983 Renault 5 TURBO II</b><br />VIN. VF1822000D0000912
<b>1983 Renault 5 TURBO II</b><br />VIN. VF1822000D0000912
<b>1983 Renault 5 TURBO II</b><br />VIN. VF1822000D0000912
<b>1983 Renault 5 TURBO II</b><br />VIN. VF1822000D0000912
<b>1983 Renault 5 TURBO II</b><br />VIN. VF1822000D0000912
<b>1983 Renault 5 TURBO II</b><br />VIN. VF1822000D0000912
<b>1983 Renault 5 TURBO II</b><br />VIN. VF1822000D0000912
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