Lot 230 - 1997 Renault Sport Spider
|Odometer reading||23,000 miles|
|Estimate||£22,000 - £26,000|
The idea for the Renault Spider was formulated in the early 1990s during a revival after a difficult second half of the 1980s. Renault wanted a car to promote it as a sporting brand (like the Renault 5 Turbo from a decade earlier). The Spider was intended to both serve as a racing car, in a one-make series organized by Renault, and as a road car. The first prototypes for Project W94 were completed in mid-1994 and a concept version was presented to the public at the Geneva Motor Show a year later. The concept featured several differences to the version that ultimately became the road car, most notably butterfly doors and the absence of a windshield. The car went on sale in early 1996, assembled at the Alpine factory in Dieppe with approximately 1,800 cars produced. Designed from the outset as a driver's car, the chassis was made of aluminium for its combination of low weight and substantial strength, while the actual bodywork is a plastic composite. Unusually, the Spider did not have a roof, either folding or hard-top. The gearbox and the engine were one unit transversally fixed in an oscillating hinge (an arrangement inspired by aeronautical design), which all but eradicated the interference of engine vibration with the chassis and the pedals of the Spider were adjustable as well as the seat so the driver could achieve a better driving position. Power for the Spider came from a version of the two-litre F7R engine from the Renault Mégane Coupé, producing 148hp.
This rare righthand drive 1997 Renault Sport Spider has had two owners from new. The second owner, who acquired the car in 2014, fitted with a two litre F7R engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The car is in excellent condition throughout and is finished in the traditional yellow over grey with black interior. This Spider is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in October 2017, the original handbook box with handbooks and a history file which includes old MoT certificates, invoices and old tax discs. It has never been raced but with its power to weight ratio, it would make an ideal track day or a fun car for the summer.