Auction: Renault 5 Turbo (1980)

A rare Renault 5 Turbo Series 1 is going under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba auction (Lake Como, Italy) on the 25th of May, with an estimated value somewhere between €100,000-130,000 (AU$ 160,490-208,637).

The car was built in 1980 and is considered to be one of the best examples of the Series 1 models in existence, of which fewer than 600 were produced according to RM Sotheby’s. As you can see from the pictures it is in great condition inside-out, after travelling a little over 84,000 km. During its life it had 3 different owners, but spent most of its time under the ownership of a French family.

The bright blue paint with the TURBO graphics on the side look and the matching aluminium wheels still look cool, almost 40 years after the car’s initial launch. The special bodykit was designed by Marcelo Gandini at Bertone with fiberglass fenders covering the wider tracks and featuring additional intakes for cooling the mid-mounted engine.

The cabin with Art Deco influences has been beautifully preserved, with the two spoke steering wheel, the blue dashboard and the red upholstery on the seats, engine cover and carpet looking as if they just left the showroom floor. Together with the car, the new owner will also receive its original toolkit and radio.

As a reminder, the Renault 5 Turbo was designed for competing at the World Rally Championship, and its street legal version was produced for homologation purposes. Unlike the more conventional R5 Alpine Turbo or the later R5 GT Turbo, the R5 Turbo was mid-engined and rear wheel drive, with a wide bodykit designed by Marcelo Gandini at Bertone.

The four cylinder 1379 cc engine placed behind the driver’s seat, produced 119 kw / 160 bhp and 221 Nm of torque thanks to a Garrett AiResearch T3 turbocharger. A five-speed manual transmission sent the power to the rear wheels while the car was equipped with double wishbone suspension, anti-roll bar, rear coil springs and ventilated disc brakes in all four wheels. Thanks to all that, the French hot hatch could accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds with a top speed of 200km/h.


The Renault 5 Turbo was produced in a limited number of 5,000 units between 1980 and 1986 (accumulative production of Series I and Series II models).