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A pristine Renault Clio Mk1 1.4RT with 16 Renault stamps and 13,312 miles.
Driver’s airbag, side impact beams, rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones, seatbelt pre-tensioners, tinted glass, engine immobiliser, security window etching, body coloured bumpers, halogen headlamps, power assisted steering, tilt/slide sunroof with twin sun blinds, remote central locking, electric front windows, electric heated door mirrors, Blaupunkt Renault radio cassette with fingertip control, oil level gauge, rheostat. Factory Options; Automatic gearbox.
It is only on a very rare occasion that such a beautifully cherished and immaculate mass produced car is found, and this Mk1 Renault Clio fits this narrative perfectly. Finished in factory original Etruscan Red, (Code 763), the paint finish is simply incredible with a beautiful uniform shine throughout and the original panels are pin straight. Having been garage stored from new and truly cherished throughout the 13,312 miles covered, the underside is incredible with factory markings still visible and the even the wheel arch apertures are spotless. Meticulous close scrutiny reveals little more than a miniscule ding to the driver’s door and light door edge chips carefully touched in, all barely noticeable. All trim is fully intact with just a few tiny marks and originality seekers will be pleased to see the supplying Renault dealer number plates and rear screen sticker. An exceptional example throughout.
It is difficult to detect any aspect of this typically French sumptuous interior that cannot be described as showroom. The incredibly comfortable ‘Nebab’ velour upholstery, (Code 3J), is virtually perfect with no visible wear or markings to the seats and matching door cards. There is only some loosening to the headrest material on the driver’s seat. The interior plastics, fascia and trim are as new and items such as the steering wheel and gear knob display prominent veins found only on low mileage cars. The high specification equipment and controls operate perfectly including the original Blaupunkt Renault radio cassette. Reflecting the super-low mileage and cosseted existence is the spotless boot area containing the wheel brace and hubcap puller. An interior that is difficult to distinguish from a 1995 showroom example!
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The original 1390cc four-cylinder petrol engine develops 80bhp and 107Nm of torque to achieve a top speed of 104mph and 0-62mph in 16 seconds. The engine bay is spotlessly clean and factory stickers and labels remain to the bonnet underside and identity plates and panel stamps are untouched. Renault servicing throughout has been carried and all fluids are clean. The vehicle performs impeccably and the factory optional 3-speed automatic gearbox operates perfectly for very relaxed cruising.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The standard RT specification ‘Alize’ wheel stylers remain fitted and are in superb order. Collectors and originality seekers will be pleased to learn that all wheels including the unused spare are shod in the factory fitted Goodyear GT65 165/65 R13 tyres which are in good visible condition with plenty of tread. It is recommended that tyre replacement with retainment of the originals is undertaken if the car is to be put into regular use. Servo assisted dual circuit brakes bring the car to a steady and straight stop.
Registered new on the 9th November 1995 by Renault Main Distributor, Motor House of Guernsey, the car was registered as a demonstrator vehicle. In March 1996 at just four months old, the car was sourced for loyal customer, Mrs Barbara Fosh, by her local Renault dealership, Tower Garage Ltd in Essex, as detailed on the used vehicle order form for £9,995. Incredibly, the car has covered a fully verified 13,312 miles from new with Mrs Fosh who owned the car for almost 25 years! It was only upon her passing in May 2020 that ownership passed to her Daughter, Miss Sue Fosh.
The comprehensive service history leaves in no doubt that this wonderful Clio was the long-term owners cherished pride and joy. Despite an average of little more than 500 miles driven per annum the original service booklet contains 16 annual stamped entries from the same Renault main dealer (renamed Darlingtons of Theydon Bois) who supplied the car to Mrs Fosh! The most recent service along with cambelt and tensioner was carried out at 12,615 miles with invoice in the history file for £747.49. Absolutely all handbooks, manuals and dealership point of sale literature is included in the Renault document wallet and there is a further large history folder contains corresponding service invoices and MOT certificates to fully verify the genuine low mileage. Completing the history file is an original 1995 Clio range brochure. Personal inspection and drive of this example will not fail to impress and it is difficult to imagine finding a better example. This is one for the collector.