1982 Renault 5 Turbo Group B

Sold For €257.600

RM | Sotheby's - PARIS 2017


Chassis No.
Engine No.
VF1822004D0000020
C7573124

Documents: Greek Vehicle Registration Certificate

  • One of 20 factory ‘Tour de Corse’ examples
  • Campaigned in period as a Renault Works car
  • Comes complete with full spares package
  • Includes original homologation papers for Group 4 and Group B
255 bhp, 1,397 cc turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, five-speed manual transmission, independent front and rear suspension with anti-roll bars, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,430 mm

The evolution of the Renault 5 Turbo is directly linked to the evolution of the rallying scene. Beginning with the introductory ‘Cévennes’ model, the Turbo dominated the 1981 Monte Carlo and the 1982 Tour de Corse Rallies. The introduction of the new Group B rules for the 1983 season brought the ‘Tour de Corse’ – capable of an astounding 300 brake horsepower. The car offered here today has a history spanning these advancements, placing it at a pivotal moment in the rallying world.

Chassis number D000020 can trace its history back to 1981 when it was a Renault Works car, driven as #20 by Bruno Saby and Daniel Le Saux in the 1981 Monte Carlo Rally. After suffering an accident, the car was sold to Renault Greece representative Alexandros Maniatopoulos, known in the rallying world as ‘Leonidas’. Promptly painted into FINA livery in readiness for the Acropolis WRC of 1982, it finished 8th overall; the car was then sent back to Renault Sport headquarters at Dieppe for updates to Group B specification.

In 1983, Leonidas again entered Acropolis WRC along with the national rallies of Halkediki and Albena. The 1984 season saw chassis number D000020 sold to Dimitris Manolopoulos, who campaigned the car with son Thomas. The pair was hugely successful in the national Greek hill climb and National Greek rally, accumulating over 200 race wins in their 30-year ownership.

Currently located in Greece, this Renault 5 Turbo comes with a full history with period documents, a full spares package, and even retains the original team quick lifting gear for front and rear. Eligible for all premier historic rally events such as Tour De Corse Historique, Eiffel Rallye, and the FIA European Historic Rally Championship, chassis number D000020 is an excellent option for any driver looking to hit the rally scene.



Lot Number
114

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