SOTW: RENAULT CLIO RENAULTSPORT
It ain't the most glam of fast Clios, but Shed reckons this could be a true hot hatch bargain
We reckon today's SOTW is no exception. Early Renault Clio Renaultsports like this one might be saddled with unfortunate goggle-eyed looks, and they perhaps aren't as revered as some of the later, more hardcore Clios that share the same basic bodyshell, but the old turn-of-the-noughties Regie still has a fair turn of pace and will cock an inside rear wheel with the best of 'em.
That was enough for the Clio Renaultsport to knock on the door of 140mph and to sprint from 0-62mph in a convincingly rapid 7.3secs.
But what makes this particular car so astonishing is that it really ought not to have dipped into Shed territory at all - its £1k asking seems to be at least £500 or so cheaper than its fast Clio peers.
The only black marks we can see are the suspicious whine the seller mentions, the fact that it's been stood around for a few months and the issue that, once you add tax, it's going to bust Shed's notional £1k budget.
And with an MOT that runs until the end of June, that would leave you with a good six months of hot hatch happiness. Tempted? We would be, if Durham (where the car is) wasn't so darn far away from PHHQ...
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2000 renault clio sport 172 (2000)
110,000 miles £1,000
x reg 172 clio sport
standard apart from upgrade air filter and exhaust is stainless steel.
moted till 28th june
no tax been stood 4 months
110k with full service history
just had head rebuilt fully at great expense
new alternator belt
2nd hand alternator
new water pump
fully serviced when head done.
very qick car when needed
i bought the car 4 months ago with a snapped timing belt.
x16 new valves
x16 valve oil seals
full head gasket set
new head bolts
new timing belt
oil and filter
2nd hand alternater.
the car has been done 2 months now and has not covered many miles since
due to not having the time to use it.
body has a few marks (minor)
slight whine on engine/ transmission
only very slight.
car drives and goes as it should and have been using it a it is with out any problems
just trying to be up front noise might be nothing.
no phone calls after 10pm please