Monday, February 8, 2010

1985 Renault 5TL -Supercinq- In US & On eBay.

A little triva quiz here... What does this car and the Lamborghini Countach have in common?... Both were designed by Marcello Gandini. Really.

Boy, I wish this car was closer to me. I have never seen one of these in person. This is not a LeCar. This is the next generation of the Renault 5, a car we were never offered here in the US.

While it looks a lot like the old R5 / LeCar, little, if any, parts are interchangable. The interior is far more modern and more "modular" (for lack of a better word) looking than the one found in the older R5/LeCar. The engine is the same one found in the R9 and R11 (known as the Alliance and Encore in the US) and the suspension is more in line with other small cars, using MacPherson struts instead of the torsion bars found on the older models.

I have no idea how this got into the US, but being a 1985 model, it's now exempt from DOT and EPA regulations, so titling it and registering it shouldn't be too much of a chore.

This car appears to be in good, but not perfect condition. Most of the work it needs is cosmetic. (Yank the bunny badge off the hood right away. What's up with that?)

Like the Renault R10 I posted Saturday, the price, $7000.00, is steep for this car. But, it has to one of only a few in the US (if not the only one). You could buy it today and be driving it tomorrow. That may be worth the premium price.

Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, click here to see the eBay listing.


Anonymous said...

Ah! But the important question is: does it have a different wheelbase on either side?

Just A Car Geek said...

I don't know, but I doubt it. The old R5 was like that because of the length of the torsion bars.

I'll look into that a little later.


Romain said...

Those stickers were often found at the rear of european cars in the mid-90s, showing which country you were from, with F standing for france obviously. Sometimes it featured some coloring like this one.
So that car must have hit the French roads in its early years.

This car is so common here in France even 20 years later, i'm amazed there could be one in the states, let alone someone knowing about it :)