2005 RENAULT CLIO V6 PHASE 2 SIGNATUREView vehicle description
The standard Renault Clio is a charming little thing; in a market where plodding mediocrity and penny-pinching is the norm, the little French hatchback is full of vim and pep. So much so that one of our number was having so much fun on the official launch that he got hopelessly lost and ended up miles from where he was meant to be. (He also missed a very good lunch, which is the real tragedy in the story…)
On the other hand, the Clio V6 Renault Sport is a stone-cold killer with a PTA mum’s smile; if James Dean had been alive in the early noughties it would’ve been a Clio V6 that did for him: Live Fast, Die Young is the French car’s motto – and we love it all the more for being so fabulously and incurably bonkers.
The Clio V6 Phase 1 of 2001 to 2003 is based on the Clio MKII, although this relationship is more notional than real as they ended up sharing very few components. With a three-litre, 227bhp V6 engine stuffed where the rear seats used to live, the need for extensive strengthening means that it weighs a porky 300kgs more than the 172 Cup, the next fastest car in the Clio range.
Developed and built by Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) in Uddevalla, Sweden, the Clio V6 might only be marginally quicker than a decent hot-hatchback of the era - 0 to 60mph in 6.2 seconds and a top speed of almost 150mph - but it is such an astonishingly visceral car that it renders other comparisons meaningless thanks to a unique cacophony of noise and motion blur.
And, as if that weren’t enough, anyone who has driven one in the wet will confirm that the rear-wheel-drive chassis will spit you off the road given the slightest provocation, although the minimal sound-proofing helps the Renault redeem itself as its noise satisfies every Group B fantasy you’ve ever had.
Just over 1,500 Phase 1 cars were built before Renault introduced the Phase 2 in 2003. The Phase 2’s two-year production life comprised 1,309 cars and a power boost to 252bhp.
The resulting car is less raw, more civilized and much better equipped. The Quaife close-ratio gearbox is much nicer to use than that fitted to the early cars, and the heavily revised chassis means it is less likely to try to kill you. (Although this can never be ruled out completely…)
It is also even faster than the original with a 0-60mph time of just 5.9 seconds and a top speed comfortably in excess of 150mph. The Renault Sport Clio V6 is, in fact, so good that Jeremy Clarkson once named it one of his top ten cars, which is quite the accolade - and if you’ve ever fancied one, we’ve got what is almost certainly the best you’ll ever see for sale right here…
First registered on the 1st of September 2005, our latest auction is for a genuine UK-spec, right-hand-drive, last-of-the-line, Phase 2 Renault Clio V6.
Finished in Liquid Yellow and number 304 of only 354 right-hand-drive cars, it is still in the hands of its first and only owner, who undertook an exhausting search to secure one in this colour.
Mothballed after only a couple of years of regular use, it is now wheeled out solely for its annual appearance at the Tewkesbury Classic Car Festival. This means it has accrued just over 7,500 miles in its lifetime - and yet, despite this, it has been the recipient of no fewer than 11 service stamps.
Believed to be one of only 25 ‘Signature’ cars, it has never been out in the rain, and its stunning condition and ultra-low mileage mean that it isn’t going to be cheap. But then the best cars never are…
On the Outside
We love the contrast between the Liquid Yellow coachwork and the silver wheels and rear air intakes; this is a fun car and the vibrant hue suits its terrier-like nature to perfection - and those huge wheels and tyres give it a wonderful stance and almost caricature-like proportions.
It’s all in great shape too but then this is a sub-8,000-mile car that has been carefully stored, has never seen rain, and is only wheeled out for one car show per year.
So, you’ll find factory-sharp shutlines, a complete absence of dents and scrapes, and the sort of shine that makes you reach for your sunglasses.
All the Renault Sport body accoutrements are present and correct, as are the badges. The light lenses and glass are free of scratches and damage, and those swollen hips, machine gun-like exhaust pipes, and the black rear-facing air vents show following cars that this ain’t your normal shopping trolley.
The 18-inch alloy wheels are in a fabulous condition. Completely free of kerbing and peeling lacquer, they’re shod with matching Michelin Pilot Sport tyres, all of which have good tread. The original tyres!
As we will never tire of explaining, our experience shows that matching high-quality tyres are an infallible sign of a caring and mechanically sympathetic owner who is prepared to spend the appropriate amount in maintaining their car properly. Their presence does not, of course, preclude the need for a thorough inspection - something the vendor would welcome, by the way – but do give you a shortcut into their attitude towards maintenance.
Problems? Well, this is a 15-year-old car, so there are inevitably a few very minor marks here and there. But, there’s nothing there to worry about and anyway, wouldn’t you rather it was still wearing its original paint?
On the Inside
The front Renault Sport seats still look like new, but then they’ve only been lightly polished by just the one (caring and careful) bottom – and the back seats are in equally good condition…
Only joking; if you’re looking for rear seats then this ain’t the car for you because there’s a 252bhp, 3.0-litre V6 engine where the kids would normally sit. This probably rules it out as a family car but by hell it makes for great fun on the road and track.
The front ‘boot’ is full of pipework and mechanical bits (that still look pretty much new – see the Gallery photos for the results of a 2 day valet!)) so there’s barely any space inside the black plastic bin that Renault fit to cover it all - and the rear boot is tiny and probably gets quite hot. Still, Waitrose does home delivery and you can use soft bags for a weekend away, so the lack of luggage space isn’t a deal-breaker, surely?
The rest is exactly as you’d expect of a car with so few miles on the clock and a (to put it mildly…) ‘fastidious’ owner. Please take the time to watch the video and to scroll through the extensive photo album to see for yourselves just how good it is.
Or contact us to make an appointment to view it in person. We’ve got it all worked out and you’ll be safe and able to view it in a government-sanctioned, socially distanced way.
The vendor has had his own garage look after his pride and joy, which means the Clio has been pampered with the following servicing regimen:
19.08.06 at 2,322 miles
24.08.07 at 3,242 miles
29.08.08 at 4,832 miles
28.08.09 at 5,168 miles
07.04.11 at 6,066 miles
10.04.12 at 6,335 miles
08.07.13 at 6,420 miles
13.06.14 at 6,654 miles
11.06.15 at 7,220 miles
26.05.18 at 7,340 miles
08.06.20 at 7,585 miles
The cambelt is still the original (only because the owner wanted to keep it ‘as new’ for as long as possible), and while it has been checked and found to be in a good condition, we would urge the new owner to consider changing it before the car is driven.
The underside is as straight, original and rust-free as you’d expect of a car that’s never been used in the wet (even the exhaust system is still shiny and only lightly discoloured by heat) and the engine bay is ridiculously clean.
But then you’d guessed that already, hadn’t you?
The seller has added: "The exhaust was changed in its early life and I had a bespoke rear section made for it to improve the breathing of the engine and release more power. It now has 2 cats (instead of the original 4), which still keeps emissions well below current MOT max figures. We no longer have the original back box, since the box trailer, in which it was stored, was stolen in 2008. I’m reliably informed that exhaust parts are still available from a number of sources, particularly in France."
The Clio’s MOT certificate expires in June 2021. It has passed every single one first time around - and with no advisories either - bar this year’s, which it failed for having binding brakes on the nearside rear – now sorted. This is a cracking record and one that goes to the heart of how good this example is and how well it has been maintained.
It has a large number of expired MOT certificates, along with the original metallic slipcase, wallet, and folder containing the OE owner’s handbook, service and maintenance record, and book pack. The ‘Accident Management Pack’ is also included, as are a few expired tax discs and the two keys.
Please visit the documents section of the gallery of this listing where you will find photos of this and other paperwork to support our claim that this car has been maintained to an impeccable standard.
If you’d like to inspect the car prior to placing a bid – something we would encourage – then please use the Contact Seller button to arrange an appointment.
NB. We know that many of you will be limiting your social exposure over the coming days and weeks, so if you’d rather not come to see the car in person, please give us a call and we can shoot a personal video of the car honing in on any areas you’d like us to concentrate on.
What We Think
With such a limited production run – just 354 right-hand-drive examples are believed to have found their way to the UK – the Phase 2 Renault Clio V6 is proving to be a good investment, with the price of the very best examples having topped £40,000 a while ago, which is the lower end of our estimate.
The upper estimate? Maybe as high as £60,000.
That is undoubtedly a lot of money but then when are you going to get another chance to buy a one-owner-from-new Renault Clio V6 with a four-figure mileage and an impeccable service history? Especially one in such a rare, attractive and appropriate colour.
Given its condition, it would make the centrepiece of a very impressive collection - or why not say to hell with preservation and use it for classic motorsport events such as the Circuit des Remparts at Angoulême?
Viewing is always encouraged, and this particular car is located with us at The Market HQ near Abingdon; to arrange an appointment please use the Contact Seller button at the top of the listing. Feel free to ask any questions or make observations in the comments section below, or try our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.
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