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Friday 13th November 2009

SOTW: Renault Fuego GTX

Fiery Renault coupe sets Shed's heart ablaze


Fuego - Spanish for 'fire', don'tcha know...
Fuego - Spanish for 'fire', don'tcha know...
Fuego - the Renault named Fire! That was a cover line from an early 1980s issue of Autocar, which featured a review of perhaps the most bizarre car Renault offered for sale that decade.

It really was a strange one, the Fuego. Its humble Renault 18 underpinnings were clothed in a body styled by one Robert Opron, the man who also created the gorgeous Citroen SM and handsome Citroen CX.

But despite swoopy Gallic looks that were as suavely French as the Capri's were thuggishly British, Renault couldn't bring itself to be proud of the Fuego. Its flamboyant name and heretical Citroen design lineage made it an odd one out in a range full of dull, stodgy cars with numbers instead of names. Renault killed it in 1986 after six years of production, although it did continue in Argentina until 1992 as the Fuego GTA Max with a 121bhp 2.2-litre engine by Berta motorsport.

...shame the location isn't as exotic as the name
...shame the location isn't as exotic as the name
Its wobbly, wallowy Renault 18 underpinnings always made the Fuego more of a cruiser than a back-road champion, though, so take the seller of this GTX's assertion that "when driving on winding B-roads it leaves other vehicles far behind" with a hefty pinch of salt.

Even so, the front-drive layout allowed for plenty of room on the inside for full-size adults when the rival Capri would be much more of a squeeze for four. It was a rather interesting car under the bonnet, too, with engines ranging in size from an asthmatic but economical 1.4 litres to a more respectable 108bhp 2.0-litre model. In between, there was a torque steer-tastic 132bhp 1.6-litre turbo model released in 1984 and even a smoky 88bhp turbodiesel model available for left-hand drive markets.

Nice rear window
Nice rear window
This particular Fuego is a 1982 108bhp GTX, and it looks pretty tidy. It's got 140k miles on the clock, was apparently serviced at 137k, has had a recently reconditioned engine, and even comes with a few extra spare parts (although the owner does admit that the car has a few rust spots).

Amazingly for a shed, it also appears to be a one-owner car, although quite how they've owned a Y-reg, 1982 car since 1981 we're not exactly sure...still, for £695 ono, we wouldn't get into semantics.

Advert is reproduced below

Renault Fuego GTX
£695 ono

This is a Renault Fuego GTX, a high-performance modern classic car.


The vehicle is green/grey. We have owned the vehicle since 1981.
Sadly we have to sell this vehicle as we are planning to move abroad.

This vehicle is a high-performance GTX model with original engine. It has been driven mainly on the motorway and has always been problem-free. At 137,000 miles, the car had a full service. The engine was fully reconditioned by Goswells Engineering and works superbly. The timing belt, starter motor, alternator and exhaust were also replaced at that time. The vehicle has new tyres and new wheel bearings. It also has new brake pads. The oil is synthetic and does not need to be changed either.

In addition the buyer will also get some supporting spares for the vehicle together with 6 original colour paint sprays ordered from Renault.

The vehicle has two ignition keys.

This vehicle has a registration plate, which has recently been valued at £125.

This is an ideal modern classic car for an enthusiast which does not require too much restoration. Mechanically it is very good and the body is good for the year. It drives really well. You feel very secure on the road at whatever speed you are travelling as it has very good driver stability - also when driving on winding B-roads it leaves other vehicles far behind.

The vehicle does not need a lot of work doing apart from what is described below:

As the vehicle is 26 years old it does have some rust spots but nothing serious as shown in the photos, but these can be treated fairly easily.

The vehicle has been mainly jacked up in the garage for the past couple of years and sometimes it has been taken for a short drive.

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muckyman

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I've not seen one of these for many many years.
My dad toyed with the notion of buying one new when I was a kid, but was put off when the Renault salesman told him that it wasn't very good. I think he bought a '5 Gordini instead.
Pretty rare car these days, well done for being different this week guys

black car

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Is this the one that had the TV ad showing the car zooming around in the desert kicking up sand? I thought it was the coolest car in the world at the time for reasons that now escape me.

Good sheds lately, nicely off the wall.

Edited by black car on Friday 13th November 12:35

bazking69

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Good god, I had forgotten these ever existed. Good SOTW!

Bill

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700 quid for that? eek I can't help but feel that the current owner should have scrapped it at 136k.

OTOH it should now run for yearsthumbup

forzaminardi

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Very interesting choice of car this week, but not sure if I'd be tempted as much as usual! Even at that price I could easily imagine this car being a world of expensive pain even over a few months.

I remember back in something like 1982 one of my dad's colleagues had one of these and would sometime pick my dad up for a lift to work in it. I thought it was brilliantly cool then, but to my contemporary eyes its an odd looking machine.

Anyway, good 'off beat' choice.
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jamieboy

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SOTW said:
a body styled by one Robert Opron, the man who also created the gorgeous Citroen SM and handsome Citroen CX
...and the Alfa SZ. nerd

When I was little, I really wanted my Dad to get one of these - someone near us had one in goldy-beige. At the time we had a Cortina, which was eventually replaced by a Cortina estate. frown

Skyedriver

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Friend of mine at the time had one, always got a bit of stick over it.
Charles Morrin, went to Houston Texas and we lost touch, anyone know where he is now?

Motorrad

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Don't think I'd own one at that price in that condition. However thanks for mentioning the 'fuego' when I was a little kid I seem to remember thinking it was a Porsche 924 smile

mybrainhurts

77,708 posts

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Forgotten all about these heaps. Where did they go to die...?

Oddball RS

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Erm computer says no............ definately different though

Steamer

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Sales Pitch said:
This vehicle has a registration plate, which has recently been valued at £125.
hehe If you can find him, Mr Eoo Soy will snap your hand off for that!!

I'll pass on this one.

SVX

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I had a go in a tweaked turbo version when I was tooling about in a Renault 20 just after passing my test, clearly a Gallic attempt at going after the much underrated 924. Happy memories of torque steer, a loud turbo whine and retro cool interior. Great shed.

350Matt

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The only thing this is good for is donating its rear lights for a wedge rebuild - put the rest in the bin

pSyCoSiS

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Not one for me, but a good SOTW either way.

A rare car, which I haven't seen on the road in years !

nks350i

31 posts

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Nice Rear lights - but a bit expensive just for those!

MarJay

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Oooh, good shed!

My dad used to have a Renault 18 Turbo. Left hand drive, went like the proverbial off a stick. Well, it probably felt that way to eight year old me when the only car I'd really ridden in up to that point was a 1.3l Mk2 Escort. He had a Haynes manual for it which also covered the Fuego. I remember wishing my dad had bought the Fuego turbo instead because it looked so much better.

My dad's 18 was maroon with a huge cutout TURBO decal in grey stripes on both sides of the car. And the wheels were cool. Same as on that fuego there. Of course to an eight year old that made it the coolest car in existence.

EDLT

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Didn't the gearbox end up in the Lotus Esprit (and loads of GT40 replicas)?

navanman

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i like this a lot, keep the rare sheds coming lads,, top work

zcacogp

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Look at the under-bonnet picture, and look at the position of the front suspension turrets in relation to the engine. Yes, the engine is almost entirely in front of the front wheels ...

If the owner thinks it will give any other car a run for it's money down anything less straight than a Lib Dem MP's morals, he is in cloud cuckoo land.


Oli.

MarJay

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EDLT said:
Didn't the gearbox end up in the Lotus Esprit (and loads of GT40 replicas)?
No way, thats the Renault 25 you're thinking of. Its a much much bigger car.



My dad's looked very much like this, except it was maroon, and the word Turbo was cut out of the go faster stripes in an italic Times New Roman type font. I'm certain that this decal alone added 30bhp. I'm sure the Fuego had a similar decal too - probably a factory option.
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