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A magnifique time warp Second Generation Renault 5 GTL with just 30,744 miles.
Aerodynamic wrap-around polyester bumpers, flush polyester side shields, bonded laminated windscreen, heated rear window, pivoting rear quarter windows, 2 speed + flick wipe, electric screen washer, rear wash/wipe, remote control driver’s door mirror, locking petrol cap, recessed front and rear arm rests, reclining front seats, vanity mirrors, swivel map reading light, illuminated cigar lighter, LCD clock, fuel warning light, brake pad wear light, Philips 764 radio cassette. Factory option; Tilting glass sunroof, Supergloss/metallic paint. Dealer accessories; Rear boot spoiler, alloy wheels, mud flaps.
This delightful and super chic Renault 5 is finished in factory optional Grenada Metallic (code 761). The deep rouge paintwork boasts a remarkable polished shine thanks to the Supergloss factory treatment with a pleasing uniform finish. Only faint stone chips to the front are worthy of mention yet incredibly the famously thin and ding prone panels are straight and damage free. Furthermore, the extensive polyester bumpers and trims sections are unblemished and affirm this examples low mileage and cherished ownership credentials. Cosmetically preserved in fantastic order, this fashionable French city car was at the forefront to the birth of the modern supermini and delivers a wonderful sense of nostalgia.
The interior of this well specified GTL model is in time warp condition, a term often misused but truly justified in this instance. The upholstery consisting of Montrace ‘Petale’ shaped front seats with tweed cloth seat facings are spotlessly clean and have suffered virtually no wear, as has the full carpeting, door cards and headlining. The dashboard and switchgear are perfect and all functions and controls operate faultlessly including the Philips 764 radio cassette. The texture to the steering wheel usually worn smooth is as new. Features such as Renault rear screen stickers and the straight and uncut parcel shelf will please originality seekers, although the shelf has slightly faded in the sunlight. A well designed cabin with large glass areas to offer a true sense of spaciousness, it was clear to see Renault’s expertise in this class even in the 1980’s. A truly exceptional interior with Gallic quirkiness that will not disappoint.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Fitted with the 1397cc 4 cylinder engine with electronic ignition, a power output of 60bhp at 5,250rpm is achieved, enough to reach 99mph and 0-60 in 14 seconds. A remarkably clean and unmolested engine compartment displays all the manufacturer plates and stickers with factory markings visible. The five speed all synchro gearbox, standard on the GTL models, offers an increased relaxed cruising manner in comparison to lesser models and this example feels tight and precise. All the fun you would expect from a small, nippy French car!
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Optional extra Renault 5 Monaco 13” alloy wheels were specified as a dealer accessory alongside a set of genuine Renault mud flaps. The rims are in superb condition and the 165/65 R13 tyres have masses of tread remaining. Hydraulic twin circuit brakes incorporate discs up front and rear drums to bring this lightweight car to an assuring halt.
Registered new on the 2nd May 1985 by Renault Main Agents B & S (Bucknall) Ltd, this remarkable example has led a very interesting and fun existence, with just 30,744 documented miles covered! The comprehensive history file contains the original plastic A5 wallet with the original service book, handbooks, supplements, and dealership literature. Furthermore, the history folder contains many invoices and receipts for service and maintenance work carried out throughout the life of the car as well as previous MOT certificates. An original sales brochure along with two sets of keys are present.
The previous keeper of this delightful car was James Walshe, Deputy Editor of Practical Classics magazine. KGF Classic Cars have contacted James he is very keen to establish the next custodian of the car and complete a follow up feature in the magazine should the new owner wish. Now representing a very rare car, once a common sight but now seldom seen and virtually never in such incredible preserved condition.
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