Own­ing a Re­nault 5 Turbo 2

Classic Cars (UK) - - The Big Test -

‘You have to for­get all the usual rules of driv­ing clas­sic cars and treat a Re­nault 5 Turbo quite harshly in or­der to get the best out of it,’ says Oliver Mel­liard, whose busi­ness Mel­liard of Lon­don (mel­liard­oflon­don.com) spe­cialises in the French ho­molo­ga­tion spe­cials, and where this ex­am­ple is cur­rently for sale.

‘They’re fun­da­men­tally ro­bust though – the en­gine is a mass-pro­duced block at heart. But what gives them a sense of fragility is their sen­si­tiv­ity to set-up. With the wrong tyre pres­sures, for ex­am­ple, their han­dling can be lethal. The De Car­bon dampers suf­fer with age but they’re rally parts, de­signed to be swapped at ser­vice stops, so they can’t be re­paired, and you can’t buy new ones. But it needs them to han­dle prop­erly, so you need to get the orig­i­nals re-gassed.

‘The best ex­am­ples of th­ese cars nowa­days come from Ger­many, where buy­ers tended to buy them fully-specced with more power and kit.’

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