With a long racing pedigree behind it, the Renault 5 proved its credentials a few decades ago, conquering the hearts of rally fans and petrolheads alike.
Part of its racing pedigree comes from the R5 Turbo that was launched in 1980 as an homologation special, in 400 units, and was followed by the RS Turbo 2 Evolution a few years later.
These came with a mid-engine and rear-wheel drive layout, instead of the usual front-engine and front-wheel drive. Additionally, they also welcomed other upgrades, and had as much as 170-175 horsepower available on tap.
The car pictured here is one of only 200 RS Turbo 2 Evolution examples ever made, and was shipped to London, UK, on October 17, 1985. Its first owner kept it for 35 years before selling it to John Price Rallying in last April. Less than a month later, it arrived in the possession of the vendor who listed it for the SilverstoneAuctions event on May 18.
It’s estimated to fetch between £25,000 and £30,000 (equal to $34,443-41,332), plus a buyer’s premium of 15 percent, tax included. That’s about as much as a new Ford Focus ST in the United Kingdom, but for the right collector, a properly restored Renault 5 RS Turbo 2 may be worth some £100,000-£130,000 ($137,772-179,103).
As far as its condition goes, it’s quite obvious that this classic hot hatch is in desperate need for a proper restoration. And it could be the perfect project, given that it sat in storage for quite a few years and it appears to be very original.
Besides the car, the winning bidder will also be given the original wheels, jack, rear parcel shelf, handbook, bill of sale and some service history.