Some French cars are very much an acquired taste, but with the 5, Renault got the recipe just right: small, stylish, decent handling and, in the GTL of the early 80s, enough power to make the whole thing fun.
This 1984 R5 was promoted in America as Le Car ' just enough French to give the Americans a clue and just enough English to annoy the Academie Francaise. Still, it sold well and the name was touted on this side of the pond, too.
This Le Car has had only one owner from new and is offered, with 22,580 miles on the clock, from the estate of a deceased. The car has lived in Scotland all its life and has been regularly serviced at the Ford Service Station, in Crieff, near Perth (invoices on file).
The car ' sorry, Le Car ' then set off along the high road that leads south to England, having been laid up for the last six years. Le Car is in lovely original condition having been dry stored all its life and well cared for. It even has its original radio and cassette player, although, sadly, no Johnny Hallyday tapes.
Over the last few months it has been given a thorough service and a fresh MOT until March 2019 which shows no advisories, and is now ready for the open road.
Sprightly, stylish, economical and becoming quite rare these days, the Renault 5 GTL is an interesting alternative to a Mini. A truly practical classic ' big tailgate, simple mechanicals ' and the ideal classic for holidays in France (if they let us in after Brexit, that is).
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