• Apr 30, 2010
1985 Renault R5 Turbo II – Click above for high-res image galler

Given how close everyone is to pulling a Fred Flintstone and yabadabadooing the hell out of the office for the weekend, allow us to provide you with a quick little diversion. Behold what could possibly be the most gorgeous example of a Renault R5 Turbo II we've ever set our eyes upon. This sucker wears the same paint it bore from the factory, and with a scant 25,500 miles on the clock, it's as close to new as anything from France, 1985 can get.

Inside, nearly everything is original save a few choice modifications. The stock steering wheel has been given up in favor of a suede Momo piece, and the factory buckets were swapped for a set of period Recaro thrones. They are the perfect shade of late '70s brown, and we love them. The owner points out that unlike most R5s, both the dash and door panels were never cut for a stereo.

If you're fretting over the fact that this car has had less than 1,000 miles put on the odometer ever year, don't. The seller is the second owner, and claims this set of hips-with-wheels has been meticulously maintained by none other than the experts at Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo Ferrari. You know, the oldest authorized Ferrari dealer in the States? Yeah. Those guys.

If you want it as badly as we do, get ready to fork over a serious chunk of change in a hurry. As we write this, there are less than two days left on the eBay auction, and the starting bid of $47,500 has yet to be touched.



[Source: eBay via Bring a Trailer]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess most people here know the 411 on this car, I had to look up the details of this mid-engine beauty.

      here they are:
      1.4 L MID-MOUNTED I4
      185 or 207 hp (345hp w/ the maxi-turbo kit ?)
      2230 lbs/1012 kg
      group 4 homologation
      0-60 6.7sec

      schwing!
      • 4 Years Ago
      These were the very beginning of the import tuner craze. This is the car that started it all, period.
      Nobody could afford them when they were new, and you could buy a brand new Corvette for the same price.
      There was something about these cars that just made you want it, as fugly as they were. The Gotti wheels, especially the deep offset back ones made everyone drool. My 95 XJS rims with the gold inset comes in close second but those Gotti rims are still king.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I need a tissue.
      • 4 Years Ago
      NICE !!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice, but I'd rather have a Lancia 037 Rally if we're talking
      rally cars from the era . . .
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want this car cause I grew up with it, well the non-turbo version lol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Beautiful, even the mods are well-suited. Too bad there is no place for this in my garage....wouldn't really go with anything. :/ Oh well, plus Indiana to Oregon is a little ways for me. lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oregon to Indiana sounds like an awesome shakedown trip :)

        This might be the most outrageously gonzo homologation special to ever leave a factory. I loved these little monsters, and I really wish I had the cash to put in a bid on this one.

        This post made my day!
      • 4 Years Ago
      You can find one of this astonishing cars easily in Europe. If you are really interested I would personally reconsider the import option, even if it´s just for recreation!! Check it out, I live in Spain and here are some Renault R5 turbo close to my town:

      http://www.autoscout24.es/Details.aspx?id=173772218

      http://www.autoscout24.es/Details.aspx?id=169235438

      And this one which comes from the rally world and is 100 times better than the one posted!

      http://www.autoscout24.es/Details.aspx?id=156590260
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hottest sub $100k car I've seen in a LONG time
      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks AWESOME. Do want. Badly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      if only i had a spare 50 grand laying around...this car is beautiful.
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