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An ex-Renault UK Press Department Renault 21 GTS Symphony with 16,027 miles.
Front and rear wrap-around bumpers with integrated spoilers, bodyside mouldings with chromed insert, colour coded door mirrors, Autoclave wrap-over doors with semi-flush glass, laminated windscreen, tinted glass, halogen headlamps, Crystal wheel trims, electric glass sunroof, special symphony badges and coachlining, Supergloss metallic paint, electronic rev counter and oil level gauge, remote control door mirrors, map reading and courtesy lights. Factory options; Electrics pack incorporating electric front windows and central door locking. Philips sound system with fingertip control. Dealer options; Sodicam Electronic alarm.
Virtually extinct on UK roads is the Renault 21 range of cars, and this limited-edition Symphony truly deserves the ‘time warp’ description having covered just 16,027 miles from new! An ex-Renault UK Press and PR Department car, this example is finished in factory Titian Red metallic, (Code 710). The stunning paintwork is representative of such a low mileage and preserved machine and the original side coachlining incorporating the Symphony motif and Symphony boot badge is fully intact. Originality seekers will delight at the rear screen Renault ELF sticker and supplying dealer number plates and tax disc holder as well as all Renault Saint Gobain glass with window etching. A wonderful 1980’s Gallic throwback!
This high specification GTS Symphony boasts an interior space reminiscent of a 1988 showroom car and the comfort levels are out of this world! The Symphony pattern velour upholstery with reclining Monotrace front seats are in perfect condition, as are the plush matching door cards. The pristine and wonderfully ‘Renault-esque’ dashboard is instantly recognisable from this French maker and houses fully functioning equipment including the factory fitted stereo system, fingertip control and electrics pack. All Veglia gauges operate perfectly including the quirky oil level gauge. Natural veins to the unworn steering wheel and gear knob only found on very low mileage cars are clearly visible and the pedal rubbers are virtually new. The boot area is factory perfect and complete with the unused jack and wheel brace and virgin Michelin MXL tyre with coloured banding still visible. As close to a new Renault 21 interior as anyone is likely to get.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Fitted with the 1721cc 4 cylinder engine with twin-choke carburettor, a power output of 90bhp and 135Nm or torque is quoted, enough to reach 0-62mph in 10.7 seconds and a top speed of 116mph. Renault afficionados will know that the 21 range boasts the accolade of being the only production car ever to have four different wheelbases’ in relation to fitment of either the 1.7 transverse or 2.0 longitude engine and the saloon or Savanna/Nevada body shape. A spotless and unmolested engine compartment displays all the manufacturer plates, stickers and panel stampings as well as PDI paint dabs. The five-speed gearbox is tight and the widely regarded engine offers a very capable and lively drive, typical of a lightweight French car.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The original ‘Crystal’ metal wheel trims with chrome outer ring are unique to the Symphony edition and are deliciously retro and in pristine order. In December 2018 four brand new premium Michelin Energy tyres were fitted and have masses of tread remaining. Dual circuit hydraulic brakes incorporate servo assistance with ventilated discs up front and rear drums with a pressure limiter to offer adequate stopping power.
Registered new on the 15th June 1988 by Renault Main Dealer Corby Motors, this incredible example has covered a fully verified 16,027 miles from new. The Renault UK Press and PR Department purchased the car from the original keeper after 23 years of ownership having met their meticulous selection criteria on its incredible low mileage, rarity and original condition. Owned by Renault UK for seven years as part of their heritage fleet, the car has subsequently been owned by Kelsey Media and extensively featured in their Classics World magazine with even a trip to Paris and back via Bruges, adventures as detailed if you click here and also here. Further claim to fame is the feature in the KGF Classic Cars home city of Peterborough with YouTube sensation Hubnut as can be seen if you click here.
The history file boasts every MOT certificate dating back to the very first in 1991 to fully verify the mileage as well as a folder of receipts and invoices with the last full service carried out in 2018 at 11,153 miles. There are two sets of Renault keys, a Haynes workshop manual and even an original Renault 21 Symphony sales brochure. Look no further for the ultimate alternative Renault collectors’ piece.
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