Renault 5 GT Turbo EBS Cabriolet Raider Blue For Sale (1989)
Renault 5 GT Turbo EBS Convertible. It's very rare, being one of only 14 made in Right-Hand Drive and one of the earlier type (the car was cut down to the bare floorpan and built up with custom rear quarters, doors, etc.., whereas the later ones were just cut down).
I bought the car in 2010 and had it extensively restored. All panels except the doors were new (including the custom tailgate) and it was resprayed in Renault Sports Blue. The restoration was completed in about 2012. I fitted power steering using a Clio 182 rack and an electric pump from a Citroen Saxo. The difference is amazing! The Clio rack is much quicker than the GTT one and it makes the whole driving experience so much better. It's done about 95,000 miles (from memory). It's MOT'd until May next year.
The car was originally bought new by Sean Connery's son, Jason.
Bodywork is in excellent condition
Engine strong - custom downpipe and double capacity intercooler fitted. Was not reconditioned as part of the restoration, although I did the head gasket recently
Lovely Scorpion exhaust - sounds brilliant with a lovely burble under acceleration
Carburettor recently rebuilt
Power steering is fabulous!
Custom alloy rocker cover
New, high capacity radiator and modern cooling fan
Separate oil cooler
Leather front seats. Material supplied for the back seats to match
Original GTT front seats supplied with the car (need some work)
Some other spares come with the car, including some inner rear wing parts, etc.
Not so good:
Dashboard not very good condition. Excellent used one supplied with the car
The hood isn't that great although it's perfectly serviceable - the rear window is in good condition but a bit scratched in places and there's a small hole that could do with stitching up - I think it's rubbing on something
It rattles a bit and the fit and finish of the windows and the hood isn't too good. They are all like that - I have a friend who's car is just the same. I just drive it with the hood down all the time!
Strut brace needs fitting. Devil strut brace supplied (worth £300 on its own)
Front tyres a bit worn on one edge due to the tracking being out for a while - this was rectified when I fitted the power steering
One wheel arch liner needs fitting (supplied)
I want £13,000 due to the rarity of the car and the fact that its bodywork is completely restored.
More photos can be supplied on request.
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