Lot 274 - 2002 Chevrolet Avantime 'Privilege'
|Sold - £2,240
Renault wowed the crowds and the motoring press with their 2+2 Coupe GT MPV concept when they revealed their Matra inspired styling exercise at the Paris Motor Show in 1998. The concept, by Patrick Le Quement, was boldly taken into production largely unchanged. Featuring design ahead of its time, the Avantime 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 (a full 1m/sq of opening roof) featuring strengthened heat-reflecting glass, theatre seating (rear positioned higher than the front), galvanised steel chassis with aluminium upper structure, cavernous 530 litre boot, xenon headlights, a 'grand air' button which simultaneously opened all pillarless windows and sunroof, and finally a choice of powerful engines (3.0 V6 or 2.0 turbo) giving a grand tourer driving style and claimed lowest 0-62mph of 8.6 seconds. Just ten months after Avantime production started in 2001, Matra announced that they would cease all vehicle manufacturing, with much of the facilities going on to be sold to Pininfarina in 2003.
Our car is a 2002 3.0 Privilege Automatic in 'Steppe' silver/grey with full black leather upholstery. Production number 210 in the sequence of cars built for the UK market and comes with a letter from Renault UK, a certificate and a gift box containing an Avantime concept print and Renault concept cars book. The Avantime combines bold styling with exceptional comfort and a host of highly attractive 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 of a highly collectable classic, 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".
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