Re­nault Clio Williams 2

EN­GINE 1994cc/4-cyl/DOHC POWER 145bhp@6100rpm TORQUE 129lb ft@4500rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 134mph 0-60MPH 7.8sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 22-27mpg TRANS­MIS­SION FWD, five-speed man­ual MoT 12 months ODOME­TER 60,020 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Theo Ford-Sagers


It’s ev­ery bit as ex­cit­ing as you’d hope on the road, the en­gine de­liv­er­ing a healthy dose of low-down punch and top-end thrashi­ness, with good oil pres­sure through­out the rev range. The car feels sta­ble at speed and we de­tected no wob­bles or loose­ness in the run­ning gear, plenty of feed­back through the wheel and no trou­ble­some noises. Gear se­lec­tion is tight and pre­cise, and the clutch firm – but not ex­ces­sively so. New discs all round mean that brak­ing is strong and dead straight and the en­gine set­tles to a smooth idle, hot or cold. In short, the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is spot-on.


Most of the car has re­cently been re­sprayed to quite a high stan­dard, giv­ing a deep sheen all round with al­most no blem­ishes. The only vis­i­ble marks are some very small chips at the front of the bon­net and around the front num­ber­plate. Else­where all the plas­tic trim and bumpers are un­dam­aged, as are the lamps and glass (all of which is etched with match­ing code). The re­cently re­fur­bished gold wheels look im­mac­u­late and are fit­ted with a new set of Pirelli Cin­tu­rato 185/55 R15 tyres. We found no ex­ter­nal cor­ro­sion, but a re­cent coat­ing of un­der­seal is vis­i­ble in the rear whee­larches, which have re­cently been welded.


Not far from per­fec­tion. The only faults are the usual scuffs on the lower plas­tic parts of both doors, and very slight de­for­ma­tion to the driver’s arm­rest. Oth­er­wise it’s all good. The cloth seats are in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion, the car­pets and head­lin­ing are clean and tidy, and the steer­ing wheel has es­caped ma­jor wear. All the equip­ment – in­clud­ing the blower, gauges, elec­tric mir­rors, heated rear screen, re­mote cen­tral lock­ing, and pe­riod Philips ra­dio/cas­sette player, work as they should. There’s no sign of cor­ro­sion un­der the boot car­pet.


We found no leaks, per­ished ma­te­ri­als or ma­jor cor­ro­sion un­der the bon­net. The front sub­frame has only sur­face rust and ap­pears to have orig­i­nally been painted white, sug­gest­ing that it’s a re­place­ment from another ve­hi­cle. The oil and flu­ids are clean and to the cor­rect lev­els, the bat­tery is new, the ex­haust man­i­fold looks re­cent and the ra­di­a­tor is in good con­di­tion. The com­pre­hen­sive ser­vice his­tory in­cludes re­ceipts for a cam­belt re­place­ment in 2016, new front and rear brakes in Fe­bru­ary 2017 and some 13 hours of weld­ing to the off­side sill and both rear whee­larches ear­lier this year.


It’s not quite a nut-and-bolt restora­tion, but the large amount of work done to this car has re­sulted in one of the sharpest Williams Clios we’ve ever driven.

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