Lot 214 - 2002 Renault Avantime Privilege
|Odometer reading||89,000 miles|
|Result||Sold - £3,360|
Patrick Le Quement's 2+3 Coupe GT MPV concept was revealed at the Paris Motorshow in 1998. The reaction from the motoring press was unanimously positive prompting Renault to take the very bold step of launching their 'Avantime' (meaning ahead-of-time) into production largely unchanged. This radical flagship not only had handsome good looks but also an abundance 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 higher than the front), galvanised steel chassis with aluminium upper structure, cavernous 530 litre boot, xenon headlights, and a 'grand air' mode which retracts the 1m² glass sunroof at the same time as the pillarless side windows, all at the press of one switch.
'Sub Zero' status on Top Gear's 'Cool Wall' earned the Avantime some notoriety, especially with the presenters claiming that Renaults Avantime was cooler even than the Aston Martin Vanquish and "the coolest car money can buy" yet just 450 cars ultimately sold in the UK.
Our example is a top of the range V6, three litre 'Privilege' automatic (approximately half of all UK cars were built as V6 models). Striking in very rare Nocturne Purple with silver aluminium roof rails contrasted with beige leather upholstery. The history file contains many Renault main dealer receipts and details two cambelt changes. This well very well presented example performs its duties in style and comfort with plenty of power and a satisfying exhaust note. Matching Continental tyres all round on smart 'Rhodes' alloys. There are many previous MoT test certificates in the history file, the most recent was issued without any advisories.
Sophisticated and flamboyant, audacious yet practical, the Avantime is a fascinating concept car which made it into very limited production. This elegant top of the range example will deliver fun and stylish motoring for many years to come and a shrewd investment with values only set to rise.