The Renault 5 Alpine was the original hot-hatch. Launched in 1976, it pre-dated the VW Golf GTI.
In the UK, the car was sold as the Renault 5 Gordini because Chrysler Europe already had the rights to the name ‘Alpine’ in the UK.
It featured a 1,397 cc OHV engine, mated to a five-speed gearbox, and was based on the Renault ‘Sierra’ pushrod engine, but having a crossflow cylinder head with hemispherical combustion chambers. This developed 92 BHP. It was equipped with stiffened suspension, but still retaining the torsion bar all round. It also had some unique design features such as alloy wheels and fog lights.
In 1982 Renault decided to upgrade the naturally aspirated Alpine, and added a single Garrett T3 turbocharger, increasing the power output to 110 bhp. Called the Renault 5 Alpine Turbo, road tests returned reports of a top speed of 111.8 mph, and a 0 to 60 time of 8.7 seconds.
This genuine 1983 example spent its first 12 years in the south of France with its first owner until he moved to Spain in 1995. He then sold it to a Galician, who in 2012 recommissioned it by carrying out the following work:
– Original Alpine engine (inc turbo) and gearbox removed and rebuilt with genuine parts
– Running gear and brakes removed and rebuilt with genuine parts
– New front wings fitted
– Full respray in original colour
This is a surprisingly fast little car, that is very rare these days, let alone in this condition.
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