With that in mind, there was no way I could pass on a chance to write about this car, even though I have some concerns about it.
This is an R5 Alpine. While it's not as powerful as the R5 Alpine Turbo (or, most certainly, the R5 Turbo), it's still a very cool car.
The R5 Alpine came with a 1397cc "hemi" engine. It was good for around 97 HP. (The US Le Car engine was a 1397cc non-hemi and produced just 55 HP.) That was good enough to get the car to 60 in 9.7 seconds. Top speed was over 100 MPH.
Besides the more powerful engine, the Alpine's suspension was stiffened and it came with a 5 speed transmission. Visually, it had a front air dam with fog lights, different trim and custom wheels. (I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of the wheels. I prefer the "mag" wheels that were offered as an option on the US Le Car.)
This car has a few red flags. The seller claims it has 38,015 miles on it. Unless it was once owned by Edward Scissorhands, the steering wheel looks like it has more than 38,000 miles on it. The car has obviously been repainted. (There is black undercoating on the inner fenders. It didn't come from Renault like that.) That in itself is not unusual for a 31 year old car, but it looks like the hood doesn't line up quite right with the fender and headlights. The seller says the engine was rebuilt 4 years ago. A 38,000 mile car with a rebuilt engine? Hmmmm...
There could be some very innocent reasons for the things I pointed out above, but this is a car that needs to be checked out thoroughly before you bid on it. (That's not going to be super simple either, as the car is located in Mexico.)
If you're an R5 fan and can take a quick trip to Mexico, this is a very cool car and one worth checking out. Just check it out very, very closely.
Located in "Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico," click here to see the eBay listing.