Evaluation: Showing 350 km that are represented as actual. Recently serviced. Good paint with small scratch near the left headlight door. Some oxidation on the brakes and mild dirt underneath. Lightly stretched seat bottoms but mostly great interior. A nifty, fast French sports car that you never see on our shores. Low mileage, but could be cleaner.
Bottom Line: Virtually unknown in this country, French automaker Venturi had a real go of it in the 1980s and 1990s, building exotic cars for the road and track to compete with the likes of Porsche and Ferrari with the majority of its cars powered by the unlikeliest of mills – the PRV (Peugeot-Renault-Volvo) V6 – albeit in modified and turbocharged form. A Venturi is an unusual sight anywhere but this car is even more unusual.
Given the Italian market’s rather punitive tax laws on automobiles over 2.0 liters, Venturi built the 111 Cup specifically for that country with all the looks of its faster models but with a smaller turbocharged Renault four-cylinder behind the driver. The market for Venturis in the United States is virtually nonexistent, but when you take the performance, fun and extreme exclusivity into consideration, how can you not see this as a great deal?