Renault 5

My first car was a 1974 Renault 5TL in yellow and I loved it, mostly. I bought it from a Renault dealership that was closing down for £350. I kept it from 1980 to 1984 and it had just over 100 000 miles on the clock when I sold it for £50. It had a dashboard gearchange, rolled like a ship round the corners and rotted out from the ground upwards.

Mike Cowlam and Andrew Mallinson with Renault 5 Maxi Turbo.

It was always my ambition to have a ride in the Turbo version and it took 20 years before I got to sit in the co-drivers seat of the rear wheel drive rally version, but that’s another story. I can’t remember the last time I saw a Renault 5 at a show, apart from the Gordini and Turbo versions.

This year, the Renault 5 is celebrating its 50th anniversary having sold more than 5 million units across the world. Continuing the current trend of retro rebirths the Renault 5 is making a comeback in 2024 and Renault are organising a number of celebrations/promotions throughout the year.

JANUARY – The Renault 5 Alpine Group II accompanied by a Renault 5 Turbo will attend the Monte-Carlo Historique. The latter will be driven by Alain Serpaggi for the occasion.

MARCH – For the 2022 edition of Retromobile, Renault will display twelve vehicles from 16-20 March including the Renault 5 Prototype.

APRIL – The Renault Classic facilities will host an exhibition of the most iconic Renault 5 models. This exhibition will be accessible virtually to the general public.

JULY – An interactive event that allows fans to look back at the cinematographic career of the Renault 5.

NOVEMBER – The production of a stopmotion film dedicated to the various competitions that the Renault 5 has taken part in during its lifetime.

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