Handsome Renault R5 Turbo II Seeks Its Second Owner
If you know your Group B rally car history—or just play a-lot of automotive video games—then you know the history of the Renault R5 Turbo. If not, then allow me to tell you why this car holds such a special place in the hearts and minds of many automotive enthusiasts in Europe and abroad. But before I get too far, you should know that this one is for sale on eBay. Now, back to the history. The original R5 Turbo was introduced in 1980 as a homologation special to allow Renault to campaign in Group 4 racing and international rallies. Following the first year of production, Frenchman Jean Ragnotti won the Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo, the first time a turbocharged vehicle had won a WRC race, and snagged another win at the Tour De Corse the following year. RELATED: See More of the 1980 Renault 5 Turbo Hatchback
400 5 Maxi Turbos were built as homologation specials in 1984 to allow Renault to compete for the World Rally Championship, and Ragnotti won the 1985 Tour De Corse in what was the debut race for the car. His victories came at the height of Group B's popularity, and facing stiff competition from the various iterations of the original Audi Quattro.
Following the run of 400 homologation special R5 Turbos, another 200 cars were produced in 1985, and those would be known as the R5 Turbo MAXI 2s. These late run cars sported alloy roof panels and a higher displacement (1,527 cc) than the regular Turbo 2s, although they retained the same interior. They are easily identified by their VIN including 8221 in the sequencing, as this one is stated to in the eBay listing.
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So, what we have here is a one owner car, with 27,679 miles on it, that's never been raced, and clearly well cared for. It retains all the original parts, right down to the special gold Gotti wheels and desirable shade of blue paint. There are lovely little details to obsess over throughout the car, including a period correct Alpine cassette deck and Renault/ELF Formula 1 window stickers in the rear as well as up front.
It's a very crisp example of a unique machine that represents a special time in automotive history. Whomever becomes the second custodian of the vehicle will have a time capsule on their hands, and hopefully they won't be averse to putting a few more miles on it by driving it as the engineers at Renault Sport intended.
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