Lot 215 - 2001 Renault Clio Sport V6
|Odometer reading||68,463 miles|
|Estimate||£15,000 - £21,000|
|Result||Sold - £19,040|
The Clio V6 was in many ways the spiritual successor to the mid-engine 5 Turbo - a true motorsport homologation special of the 1980s. Taking inspiration from the 5 Turbo, Renault created an equally wide-hipped, mid-engine, ‘baby supercar' in the Clio V6. Launched in 2001, the Clio V6 Phase 1 was broadly based on the Renault Clio Mk ll, but the V6 variant actually shares very little with its standard counterpart. Most of the engineering work was undertaken by motorsport specialists TWR, who also built these cars at its Swedish Uddevalla factory, producing just 1,513 examples between 2001 and 2003.
Utilising a tweaked version of the proven and unstressed 3.0-litre V6 24V unit from the Laguna saloon in place of the rear seats, the Clio V6 Phase 1 had access to 227 bhp (230 PS) and this was enough to propel it from 0-60 mph in just 6.2 seconds, with a top speed of 146 mph. Certainly not a car for the faint-hearted, this rear-wheel drive car was built in genuinely limited numbers.
This stunning example has an encouraging recent ownership; firstly a V6 Clio.net and Renaultsport Club Member who loved and cherished the car, lavishing not insignificant sums on maintenance and servicing before a McLaren employee took it upon himself to lightly restore and upgrade the car. Offered in Metallic Silver with blue Alcantara interior sports seats, the car is accompanied by a staggering amount of history, with invoices and receipts from every penny spent on the Clio. SG Motorsport services, a V6 specialist in Chippenham, Wiltshire have looked after this car and are responsible for three of the 11 service stamps with the last service at 68,149 miles in 2016 which included the cam belt change and an A scheduled service.
Described by the owner as pristine and certainly the pride of his collection, the huge history file also contains all handbooks and original service booklet together with details for the installed tracker and a comprehensive breakdown from the previous owner of all upgrades, maintenance and other expenses. A new MoT test will also be issued for the sale. A fabulous car with great history that begs to be driven and a sure fire appreciating classic.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.