Lot 116 - 2002 Renault Avantime Dynamique
|Odometer reading||98,250 miles|
|Result||Sold - £4,480|
Renault's 2+2 Coupe GT MPV concept wowed the crowds as well as the motoring press when revealed as a styling exercise at the Paris Motor Show in 1998. So much so that the concept, by Patrick Le Quement, was boldly taken into production largely unchanged. With design 'ahead of its time' the Avantime (French word "Avant" meaning "ahead" with English word "time") this flagship was packed full of luxuries, safety features and advanced engineering. Highlights included unique double-hinged 'kinematic' pillarless doors allowing easy access to the front and rear seats (even when tightly parked), the world's largest opening glass sunroof at the time featuring strengthened heat-reflecting tinted glass, theatre seating (rear positioned higher than the front), galvanised steel chassis with aluminium upper structure, cavernous 530 litre boot, xenon headlights, and a 'grand air' button which simultaneously opens all pillarless windows and sunroof at the press of one switch.
Following extensive delays in launching, just ten months after Avantime production started in 2001, Matra announced that they would cease all vehicle manufacturing. Renault elected not to continue the Avantime themselves when Matra stopped assembling cars in 2003 so across 18 months only 4,557 Avantime's were built.
BBC's Top Gear positioned the Renault Avantime at 'Sub Zero' on the 'Cool Wall' stating it was cooler even than the Aston Martin Vanquish and "the coolest car money can buy". Despite this just 450 cars sold in the UK.
This 2002 2.0 litre Turbo Dynamique was specified in Steel Grey with silver aluminium roof rails contrasted with black half-leather interior and optioned with satellite navigation. First Registered to 'Renault UK Limited' before re-sale in 2003 the car has had just one private registered keeper who has used Renault main dealerships for all maintenance and servicing. Receipts in the history file show several thousands of pounds spent with Evan Halshaw Renault main dealership on general maintenance and upkeep in the last few years alone. For example, within the last 4,000 miles, all ignition coils, spark plugs plus front and rear brake discs and pads have been renewed. A Renault supplied rear exhaust system was also fitted giving the correct factory tailpipe aesthetic not usually seen these days on other Avantimes. The car drives and performs as you would expect such a fastidiously maintained vehicle to do. The turbo gives the car nimble performance despite its size and all in all a bright and very rewarding driving experience.
The Avantime combines bold styling with exceptional comfort and a host of quirky and interesting features that would appeal to most car enthusiasts. When you overlay the GT flare and performance with such limited production numbers, we believe that the Avantime possesses all of the hallmarks for collectability, future investment and thoroughly enjoyable classic ownership.
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