1985 Renault 5

Maxi Turbo
€649,600 ($781,794)
Sale Price
€400,000 - €600,000
Est. Range
5 February 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Competition restoration
Auction House
Chassis no. PT8220E00001. White, yellow, and black over black. 1527-cc turbo four, 5-speed, rear-wheel drive, Sabelt harnesses, magnesium gearbox, dry sump.

Evaluation: One of two cars campaigned by Renault Spain and Carlos Sainz in the 1986 Spanish Rally Championship (he finished second that year), then converted to four-wheel drive for the Spanish Gravel Rally Championship, then converted back to its 1986 specs and colors and sold to a museum. Dull and dusty from sitting, but not deteriorated.

Bottom Line: The Maxi was the ultimate evolution of Renault’s hottest of hot hatches – the R5 Turbo. Although it wasn’t quite a match for the fire-breathing all-wheel drive monsters of the Group B era, the rear-drive Renault was still competitive in regional rallies, and this one had success in the early career of 1990 and 1992 World Champion Carlos Sainz. Given that history and its ultimate specs it deserved an ultimate price, but this result was still surprisingly high. The only thing remotely close was the 1982 French Rally Championship winning Group 4 (predecessor to Group B) car that sold for £337,500 ($444,700 at the time) last November.

by Andrew Newton
12 February 2021
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