Workers in France are guaranteed at least 31 vacation days a year, while Americans get none. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe R5 Turbo 2 is a good enough reason for a vacation, but is its price working for you?
Yesterday, the general consensus for Sunbeam Tigers was They're Greeeeaaaaat!, Sadly, that was not a sentiment extended to yesterday's Sunbeam with a V8 due to its questionable provenance - something 76% of you felt wasn't worthy of a Rootes Group hug - and earning the car a Crack Pipe loss.
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrel used to sing Ain't nothin' like the real thing baby, and that holds true based upon yesterday's tiger's tale. Contrastingly, today's 1984 Renault R5 Turbo 2 comes with a full-on pedigree and just a little more than 5,400 original miles on its horologe.
The Turbo 2 was never officially imported to the U.S., Renault at the time being too busy trying to build Alliances and Encores out of papier-mâché to be bothered federalizing their hottest of hatches. That didn't stop enterprising individuals from bringing the cars over, and as they shared some common elements with the already Fed-up Le Car, things like door beams and headlights would be a snap.
Now over 25 years old, the DOT stuff doesn't matter, meaning that you could ditch the Le Car sealed beams and replace them with the original dead-stare glass blocks. Having achieved an age where it could rent itself should the need arise doesn't mean that it can duck the CARB, and its BAR sticker and related emissions upgrades are the car's path to citizenship – illegal aliens take note.
Claims are made of the car having been in storage for many moons, and only recently having been rip van winkled back to life. Also alleged is a like-new over-all condition and original everything, down to a set of coprolitic Michelins. Potentially making ratatouille of those tires is a 160-bhp (factory) 1,397-cc pressure cooker four - mounted in the bitch seat. The car's 95" wheel base and quick 3.3-crank steering make course corrections go-kart-esque, while just planting it in a straight line will see you doing 60 in about 6 ticks of a flea.
This car, while appearing to be in very good shape does show it least one sign of age- the bumpers being in desperate need of Just For Men. Other than that it's like the car just WRC'd out of some freaky French time warp, and you'd half expect the radio to play nothing but Les Thugs.
What you might not expect is an asking price near sixty large. In fact, with the seller asking $59,995 for the car, you might find your bank account unexpectedly like Old Mother Hubbard's cupboards. Or maybe you won't. This is after all a rare opportunity to buy a storied French car with so few miles it likely still smells of factory brie and the sickly sweet sweat of socialist laborers. As such, it has a lot of life left to give, and all it asks in return is that you pay the seller the seemingly nose bleed price of $59,995. What do you think, for that amount will this Renault soon be escargone? Or like American days off, is this R5's sale far from guaranteed?
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