- Body Type: Coupe
- 100,917 Km
- Year Built: 1983
- Engine Size: 1.4L
- Trans: Manual
- Ext color: White
- Int color: Beige
The Renault 5 Alpine was the original hot-hatch. Launched in 1976, it pre-dated the VW Golf GTI.
The 5 Alpine featured a 1,397cc OHV engine based on the Renault ‘Sierra’ pushrod engine, but with a crossflow cylinder head and hemispherical combustion chambers, developing 92 bhp. Delivering the power was a five-speed gearbox, stiffened suspension with torsion bars all round. As a nod to Renaults motorsport involvement in period, the 5 Alpine was finished with gold alloy wheels and strips, and fog lamps to the front.
In 1982 Renault decided to upgrade the naturally aspirated Alpine, and added a single Garrett T3 turbocharger, increasing the power output to 110 PS. Called the Renault 5 Alpine Turbo, road tests returned reports of a top speed of heady 112 mph, and 0 – 60 in 8.7 seconds, which was considered brisk in the early 80s.
As a result of a lot of time and effort this little pocket rocket starts, pulls and brakes very well indeed. The bodywork displays no signs of rust, and the original interior presents well with no tears. Hot hatches of the 1980s are widely tipped to be the next big thing in the classic car movement, and this very rare, very cool example must rank as one of the true classics of the era.
The car is equipped with tinted glass and a period-correct sunroof. Furthermore, the car is equipped with a dual Devil rear silencer for a sporty sound. There is also a louvre loose at the front of the rear window (not mounted) as well as a plastic air shaker for the hood (not mounted). Of course he / she is on the original Mille Migla turbine wheels that belong to the car. The car is not (extra) lowered.
The gearbox of the car was overhauled last year by an gearbox specialist in the Netherlands (synchromesh ring 2nd and 3rd gear replaced with placement of new seals) and since then the car is occasionally used for classic rides.
This particular example was sold new on the 4th of May 1983 new in the Netherlands. Finished in White over a Beige interior, showing 100.917 original km’s on the odometer, this car has been well looked after and maintained.
Only 2 owners in 35 years!