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    Default Neat looking R5

    this caught my eye.

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    1974 Renault 5TL 5TL White 4 Speed Manual Hatchback | Cars, Vans & Utes | Gumtree Australia Redland Area - Birkdale | 1130793825

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    Looks sweet. 5TLl is one of my favorite cars when I was a kid.

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    Sold new in Australia, huh??

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    Bob Sprague of RCCA used to own this car and restored it a number of years ago. He sold it. A few years ago now. At that stage you could have bought it for around $3k or less I guess.

    I do seem to recall that one of his R5's (he's had a few!), had come from a staff member at the French consulate - I could be wrong but perhaps that is where the "sold new" claim comes from. Bob also owned the blue one which sometimes appears at the top page photo. That car is now resident in SA and was originally a private import from South Africa (Cape Town from memory). I bought that car off Bob, and owned it for around three years or so before selling it on (which I regret! - Brett you listening?).

    Back to white car, it was an early model with the smaller engine but was in fair condition the last time I saw it. This has been for sale for a while now so maybe the yard is negotiable on price.
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    Sold by a dealer?!

    Did they actually take it as a trade-in?! How much did they offer for it?

    Geez. Something seems funny here.

    But I like the dealer trying to pimp it up as reliable and economical. They obviously have no idea why people buy these cars, and I can't say I know either, but I would hazard a guess reliable and economical ain't it. We all (and the dealer too) know hi-undies much more reliable and economical than that at less than one third of that price. With A/C, no less.

    PS. I see the dealer is specialised in classics, so that is how it ended up there.
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    Wow, 80 words about the car and one photo (okay, 2 but both are of the same side).
    And 190 words about the dealer.
    They're really trying hard.

    11285km in 42 years is rather light.
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    I think we all agree that's dealer BS, but my vague recollection was that the staff member imported it new probably saving import duties etc as it was a consular car, then sold it privately when they were transferred back home, or a variation of that. I'll ask Bob next time I see him.

    At the time, Bob had three R5's all in registered and driveable condition. This 956cc 4 speed version; the blue 1.4 3 door. I can't recall if it was 4 or 5 speed now, probably 5. And he had a white 1.4 5 door, 5 speed with sunroof. The latter was the one he drove most often in my recollection, then the blue one followed by the one in question. It's rarity being that it was an early car but as such, not as capable in modern traffic and more of an oddity - well more than 1.4 R5!!

    My recollection was that this white car was restored; the blue nicely resprayed (as opposed to restored) and the white 5 door was in original condition (save for the sunroof which was an aftermarket one).

    The 5 door is still in Sydney I believe, the others having been sold interstate eventually.
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    this brings back memories of 7 months in Europe in 1996.
    we bought an identical (except for colour) 5 for 250 pounds in
    England, a new clutch cost another 250. we drove it to Greece and,
    eventually, back, covering about 10,000 miles in all.
    we loved it. and it was reliable and economical.
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    Edited response from Bob regarding the history of this car - I was mistaken about the consular bit.

    "It was a French built car sold in the UK. I bought it in early 1990s from a guy in Redfern area. It was rusty, in poor condition but complete. Jaap recognised the car as being one that a lady customer owned and brought into the country. It was not owned by any diplomat as far as I know.

    I had it for years (nearly 20) and it was very reliable. The engine is a 956cc one with a 4 speed floor mounted gear shift.
    I had it resprayed, rust removed, new front guards and the front seats reupholstered. When I sold it the rust was fighting its way out again and I couldn’t justify the cost of repair. I sold it for $1300 to a guy in Vic (RCCV member) who sold it on in about 12 months via ebay. The mileage needs 100,000 miles added to the odo reading."
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    It has been advertised for quite a while.
    Once upon a time:


    Many R4s (incl. fourgonnette), R5LS, R16TS.


    GS 1015, 1220, sedans and wagons.
    CX 2200, 2400.
    ID 1966, 1969, DS21H, DSpecial, DS23 Pallas.
    C5 2002, 2004 petrol and diesel.
    D Special 1974
    Xantia Activa 1998 (look out Gulargambone)
    GS 5 speed sedan (what a tale)
    1986 2CV6
    CX25GTi 1985 auto
    CX2500 IE Pallas 1985 auto
    DS23EFI 1975 Pallas

    And now:

    C5 2.2 HDI 2005 wagon
    DS23 1973 Pallas

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    I bought Bob's 1984 R5 TS, 5 speed, 5 door, have had it for around three years now. Gets regular use on club events. Done only 118k. Its one of my favourites ��
    01 Renaultsport Clio Cup 3/85 sold 07 Megane Expression 6 speed manual sedan ...beeeautiful sold 08 RenaultSport Clio 197...weehaaa sold
    05 RenaultSport Megane 225 wooshka" sold
    84 Fuego 5speed silver 1 previous elderly owner club car
    84 Renault 5TS 5 door white 3 owners 74 Renault 12 GL Avocado trophy winner
    73 Renault 16TS Automatic club car 64 Renault Caravelle gorgeous

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