Lot 127 - 2003 Renault Avantime Privilege
|Sold - £6,160
With design ahead of its time, this flagship boasted luxuries galore including a multitude of safety features and advanced engineering. Highlights included unique double-hinged 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, galvanised steel chassis with aluminium upper structure, cavernous 530 litre boot, xenon headlights and a 'grand air' button simultaneously opening all pillarless windows along with the glass panoramic roof at the press of one switch.
This top of the range three litre V6 'Privilege' was specified in deep metallic Nocturne Purple with silver aluminium roof rails contrasted with beige leather interior by Mr. Walmsley of London in 2003. The car has been used sparingly since, covering only 68,600 miles across 14 years with its single registered keeper. In 2012, at 56,794 miles, the car benefited from a new cambelt and water pump; it also received a replacement automatic gearbox at a combined cost of £3,550. The most recent service was less than 1,000 miles ago and the tyres are all Pirelli. Performance is brisk for a big vehicle and the exhaust note subtle with its V6 baseline. The gearbox is a delight and the car exudes class and sophistication on every level. A scarce chance to own what must be one of the very last one-owner UK Avantimes which also benefits from low recorded mileage and a desirable top of the range specification. A new MoT test certificate will be issued ahead of the auction.
The Avantime combines bold styling with exceptional comfort and a host of quirky and engaging features. When you overlay the GT flare and performance with such limited production numbers it is of little surprise that these hand finished statement cars are now gathering quite a collectors following.
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