7.5 seconds: 1981 Renault 5 Alpine Turbo


Seeing a car – that I used to see along the streets when I was young – slowly becoming a classic, makes me somehow unconfortable but I presume that I can’t do anything to stop all of this so here it is: a very quick hatchback from the early eighties. The most powerful car after the Turbo (which in fact was a totally different car from the standard Renault 5) was powered by a 1400 c.c. engine fed by a Garrett turbocharger with a power output of 110 h.p. and a 7.5 seconds from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph). Because of theincreased power, the car was equipped with disc brakes all around and a five speed gearbox.


As it usually happens, the seller of this car says basically nothing about the car but that it has to be restored both mecanichally and aesthetically: that shoudln’t be a great challenge as these car are technically closer to the seventies than to he modern era but the point here is of course if this car is worth it: in out opinion it is, especialy if you ae able to add an extra grunt the its turbo engine. Find it for sale at €5,500 (today $6,400) here in Blaye, France.

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