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*Please note that this vehicle is titled 822000002C.
The early 1980s saw a flurry of homologated rally cars for the street from European automakers – none more radical than the Renault R5 Turbo. Already the best-selling car in France, a standard Renault R5 chassis was heavily modified to accept a highly tuned, turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that was mounted midships, making the R5 Turbo the most powerful French production car available at the time. An aggressive restyling by Marcello Gandini of Bertone gave the R5 Turbo the intimidating looks to match its impressive performance.
Only 3,167 examples of the Turbo II were built from 1983 to 1986. The R5 Turbo would go on to exemplify the “hot hatchback” segment of that era, being named by the editors of Sports Car International magazine as one of the Top 10 Sports Cars of the 1980s.
The R5 Turbo II offered here was exported to Japan early in its life, with steady, caring use until being placed in storage in the mid-1990s. After more than 20 years in storage, the car was sold to the owner of Naito Auto Engineering, a high-end classics restoration firm in Japan. Naito performed a comprehensive restoration, reviving the Turbo II’s vivid red and black paint scheme and potent turbocharged motor. Showing 67,500 km at the time of cataloguing, this outstanding R5 Turbo II has seen only a few hundred kilometers since its restoration was completed, and it is now available for the first time in decades outside of Japan.