Renault 5 Turbo 2 heading to auction with £25k estimate

In today’s classics market this rare Renault 5 Turbo 2 homologation special could be considered a steal.

A 1985 Renault 5 Turbo 2 ‘Type 8221’ is going under the hammer at Silverstone Auction’s May Sale later this month. One of only 200 built, this left-hand-drive example bares a fair estimate of £25k to £30k, perhaps a reflection of its haggard state, however it presents in original condition.

Since new, two names have been printed atop the Renault 5 Turbo 2 Type 8221’s V5 form, the first for 32 years. Like its Group B counterparts, this example looks battle-scarred, and furthermore, it’s been well-used, showing 90,000 miles on the odometer.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to our exclusive new offer and SAVE 39% on the shop price, get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £20!

> Renault 5 Turbo group test

It’s certainly in need of some TLC. Committing to a comprehensive restoration could well be worth it, with experts suggesting a concours-grade example could fetch anywhere north of £100k.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

Some 200 Turbo 2 Evolution Type 8221s were commissioned to satisfy Group B rallying homologation regulations. In order to develop a Group B car, beyond its initial design, entrants had to manufacture 200 road-going counterparts of the evolved car, running the upgrades they’d hoped to equip their updated rally competitor with.

So the 8221 is an evolution of the Renault Maxi 5 Turbo, of which 400 were built; again to comply with homologation requirements. The transformation to realise the 8221 brought an aluminium roof and alloy doors, as well as a suite of engine upgrades: a stronger crankshaft, uprated cylinder heads (and gaskets) and a tougher turbo are just a few to mention. Official power figures were never revealed, however many believe the mid-mounted, 1.4-litre four-pot deployed more than 170bhp though the rear wheels.

> New Renault Megane RS review

Having emerged from a long period of storage, it doesn't look like care and attention has come to the Turbo 2 easily. That said, its previous owners have at least held on to original documentation including the bill of sale, handbook and service history. It will also cross the auction block complete with the original jack, parcel shelf and wheels.

The Silverstone Auction May Sale will take place at the Silverstone race circuit on 19 May 2018. Also featured on the lot list is the Very first Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500, which has been tagged with a six-figure estimate.  

Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/renault/9499/renault-5-gt-turbo-review-history-prices-and-specs
Renault

Renault 5 GT Turbo – review, history, prices and specs

1 Apr 2020
Visit/hot-hatchback/202181/new-2020-renault-megane-rs-revealed
hot hatchback

New 2020 Renault Megane RS revealed

3 Feb 2020
Visit/news/22984/why-the-old-reims-grand-prix-circuit-is-still-an-essential-visit
Renault

Why the old Reims Grand Prix circuit is still an essential visit

12 Aug 2019
Visit/renault/5/turbo
Renault

Renault 5 Turbo – review, history, prices and specs

29 Jul 2019
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/nissan/202389/this-nissan-juke-r-can-be-yours-for-719579
Nissan Juke R

This Nissan Juke-R can be yours for $719,579

Near-700bhp Nissan special project Juke-R goes up for sale in Germany 
30 Mar 2020
Visit/bugatti/202400/bugatti-chiron-veyron-and-eb110-gather-for-a-photoshoot-of-dreams
Bugatti

Bugatti Chiron, Veyron and EB110 gather for a photoshoot of dreams

Celebrating the last three decades of operations, Bugatti gathered all three of its flagship hypercars in Dubai
31 Mar 2020
Visit/mercedes-cla45-amg-hatchback/22953/mercedes-amg-cla-45-s-coupe-uk-review
Mercedes CLA45 AMG hatchback

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S coupe UK review

The more stylish version of eCoty 2019’s bronze medallist is as impressive on UK roads as it was overseas
28 Mar 2020
Visit/hyundai/i30-n-hatchback/201775/hyundai-i30-n-versus-hyundai-i30-tcr
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N versus Hyundai i30 TCR

Can Dickie Meaden beat Steve Sutcliffe in a straight(ish) race? We sent them to the Circuit Nuvolari with a pair of Hyundai i30 Ns to find out.
20 Sep 2019