Renault Turbo 2: Pop Goes Classic.


Silverstone Auctions present a classic Renault 5


For those of us that were contemplating our O Levels in the mid 80s, the news that a 1984 Renault 5 can be auctioned as a classic car can bring on a nauseating rush of existential angst.

I guess, along with the coppers, that when the cars at the NEC Classic Motor Show sale start to look young then you have to accept the inevitable. And in the youthfulness stakes this example belies even its registration papers. In the thirty one years it has been on the planet – thirty of those here in the UK – it has only covered fifty five thousand miles.

This is of course no ordinary Renault 5 – which explains it being allowed a fifteen year beauty sleep- it is in fact the Turbo 2. They were the second generation of homologations that qualified the 5 Maxi Turbo model for the World Rally Series.

Presented in its factory original paintjob and having recently had a £10k mechanical makeover, this one – of only fifty or so reckoned to be on British Streets – is estimated to fetch upward of fifty grand when the hammer comes down at the auction in mid-November.

If you’re the lucky new owner you’ll probably put in a plastic bag and send it into hibernation again until 2030 when it’ll no doubt have doubled in value.

But before you do that why not take it out for a ride.  Slam a copy of ‘Now That’s What I Call Music 1984’ into the cassette deck and cruise around your local town, shedding a sentimental tear to Sade’s ‘Your Love is King’ and ‘I Should’ve Known Better’ by the late, great Jim Diamond.

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Images courtesy of Silverstone Auctions