Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing

Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing

1983 Renault R5 Turbo....... or is it?

From a few feet away, this is a very convincing replica of the Renault R5 Turbo, the company’s revolutionary and now iconic 1980’s rally car and uberwild street car.

But a glimpse through¬†the front grille ruins it. There shouldn’t be an engine there. The three-lug wheels are another giveaway.

Forget the power-induced oversteer on this one. This is basically a custom body kit on a standard front wheel drive Renault 5 (a.k.a. LeCar in America). The flares and big wheels are strictly for show. And no wonder- the mid-engine cars were a massive engineering project for Renault, designed for FIA rallying,¬†not just a simple front-to-back “engine swap.”

It’s on eBay in Mexico.

 

1980 Renault R5 engine 1980 Renault R5 interior 1980 Renault R5 red rear quarter 1980 Renault R5 front

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