1982 Renault 5 Maxi Turbo I Group BSOLD

COYS - Legende et Passion - Monaco - 21st May 2007

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Estimate: €22,000-26,000

Sold €31,843

For 1978 a rally Group 4 (later Group B) version was introduced. It was named as the Renault 5 Turbo, but it being mid-engined and rear wheel drive, bore little technical resemblance to the road-going version. The shape and general look of the 5 was maintained using the same lights, and interestingly, it only shared door panels with regard to the body. Driven by Jean Ragnotti, this car won the Monte Carlo Rally for its first race in World Rally Championship. The 2WD R5 turbo had soon to face the competition of new 4WD cars that proven faster on dirt, however it remained among the fastest of its era on tarmac were it was highly successful.

All the racing derivatives were based on the Turbo 1. The factory pushed the engine output up to 180 hp (132 kW) for the Cévennes, 210 hp (154 kW) for the Tour de Corse, and possibly as much as 350 hp (257 kW) in the Maxi 5 Turbo. These kits featured stronger engine internals and more efficient intercoolers.

Purchased by the Italian Renault distributor in Turin this particular Maxi Turbo was part of the Scuderie Astigiana Corse e Scuderia Draghi Rossi and competed in the Italian Championship and local rallies including the Asti City rally, Turin rally and 333 Minute rally with Giovanni Cappellino at the wheel.

The car has only covered 23,880 kms from new and is finished in striking white, black and yellow livery with sponsor's decals. The car is in very good condition and has benefited from a complete restoration by Officina Pellanda including all mechanicals and fuel injection systems. The mid mounted 4 cylinder engine is in good order and will certainly provide lively performance with the motor being an original Maxi specification unit producing up to 350hp. Ready to be used in anger and fitted with modern safety equipment including roll-cage and bucket seats this Group B car is on the button and eligible for many historic rallies.

Reference Number 9236

as of 5/7/2007

Car 1982 Renault 5 Maxi Turbo I Group B
VIN VF1822000C0001388 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift