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Spotted - 1983 Renault 5 Turbo Barn Find

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Rally Racing Topics:  Renault 5

Spotted - 1983 Renault 5 Turbo Barn Find

Matt Hubbard
Speedmonkey
June 13, 2014


The seller lists this as a Renault 5 Gordini Turbo, but he's wrong. It's a better car than that.

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The Gordini was a front engined, front wheel drive version of the Renault 5 that shared the standard car's silhouette and produced 110hp from it's turbocharged 1.4 litre engine. The Turbo was a mid-engined, rear wheel drive car with bodywork by Bertone and made 160hp. It used the same engine block but a bigger turbocharger.

The Renault 5 Turbo was designed for rallying under Group 4 rules (the predecessor to Group B) and the first 400 were built to satisfy homologation.

Octane reckon the car is good for 0-60mph in 6.6 seconds and weighs 970kg. Pretty spritely. They also say one in good condition is worth roughly £14k.

This one is listed on eBay as a barn find in need of restoration and will cost £5,500. Definitely a worthwhile project for someone although all those extra holes in the bodywork will cause a headache.

Here's the link to the ad and here's the text:

Barn Find, Renault 5 Gordini Turbo mid engine. Hill climb car also suitable for tarmac, hydraulic handbrake, full roll cage etc. This is a rare car. Cash on collection. Any enquiries please do no hesitate to get in touch on 07855537562

Not exactly over-selling it is he.



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