SOTW: Renault 19 16v Chamade


When I was a nipper, my dad and I used to do a bit of casual karting, and one of the tracks we frequented was Buckmore Park in Kent (still a fabulous track, should you ever get to go). And the boss of the place, at the time, had a Renault 19 16v Chamade, with the registration plate K4 RTY. Or possibly K14 RTY (I can't really remember - I was only 11 years old...).

For some reason, the combination of plate, car and place struck a chord with me and, for a while, I wanted nothing more than to be the owner of Renault 19 K4 RTY (and the kart circuit to go with it, if you please). Seriously, nothing less than ownership of a Ferrari F40 could have been cooler in my eyes.


Of course, after a few years I did slowly begin to realise that my object of youthful lust was actually little more than the booted version of a good-but-not-spectacular hot hatch, and my ardour for it cooled somewhat.

K4 RTY has left more than a lingering trace of love for the 16v Chamade with me, though. But that is (in part) justified by a gutsy 140hp 1.8 and a surprisingly low 1070kg kerbweight that actually endow the 19 with a decent turn of pace.

I'm perhaps not as smitten as the vendor, however. He reckons the 19 Chamade is "One of the best driving sporty 90s cars on the road today" (it probably isn't), and that it "looks like a 2008 car" (it really doesn't). He also proffers the suggestion that "if you want to be noticed and want a slice of retro Renault, then this is the car for you", which we might politely describe as mild exaggeration.


Be that as it may, the 19 16v is a quirky, moderately quick and oft-overlooked budget performance car, and this one does seem to have been well looked-after (146k careful miles, don't yer know...).

£950 for the car that, for a while at least, I considered to be as desirable as an F40?* Quite a bargain I'd say...

*I realise people who aren't me may not feel the same way

Advert is reproduced below

Renault 19 16v Chamade For Sale (1993)
£950 Or near offer

One of the best driving sporty 90s cars on the road today fast, reliable and looks like a 2008 car. This car has a history file to die for and includes recent battery, clutch and braking system and has a long tax and MOT. 146k careful miles. The car is finished in dark blue metallic and is well finished with unmarked leather interior, electric sunroof and expensive cd system. The car has PAS and remote locking and excellent alloys wheels with good tyre thread. Genuinely if you want to be noticed and want a slice of retro Renault then this is the car for you! Delivery to mainland can be arranged.



 

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  • Truckosaurus 22 Oct 2011

    minimatt1967 said:
    HammyHamster said:
    Also, I think the Chamade (saloon) version is far prettier than the Coupe, it kind of looked like it could have been Touring Car (sort of!).
    Sort of like this:

    wink
    I recall an old article in Motorsport magazine by Tim Harvey in their "Worst Car I Ever Drove" series, he claimed the R19 BTCC car was little more than a roadcar with a rollcage rather than the ground-up builds of the rest of the grid.

  • HammyHamster 21 Oct 2011


    minimatt1967 said:
    Sort of like this
    Nice! thumbup

  • minimatt1967 21 Oct 2011

    HammyHamster said:
    Also, I think the Chamade (saloon) version is far prettier than the Coupe, it kind of looked like it could have been Touring Car (sort of!).
    Sort of like this:

    wink

  • v8will 21 Oct 2011

    We had a diesel Renault 19 at one point, rattly old pig of a car. One of my mates father had a 16v and it always looked like a lovely car.

  • HammyHamster 21 Oct 2011

    I remember years ago my Mum having a Phase 2 K-reg metallic blue Renault 19 16v Chamade, with all the options and leather interior. It was gorgeous. I was 18 or 19 at the time and somehow managed to get on the insurance.

    To this day (and I currently drive an M3), it was one of the most fun cars I've ever driven - it was lightweight (not much over 1 tonne), had a fantastic chassis with very direct steering that let you feel every inch of the road. I remember the engine was particularly impressive at the time, it had a distinctly motorsport feel to it - free revving and I think it had variable valve timing. The R19 definitely came from the era when French cars were the best at being nippy and nimble.

    Also, I think the Chamade (saloon) version is far prettier than the Coupe, it kind of looked like it could have been Touring Car (sort of!). A bit like the Ford Sapphire Cossie.

    Great car smile


    Wing Commander said:
    I had a green 19 16v chamade as my second car. I was 18 and managed to somehow get a legit quote of £1300 third party fire and theft on it, which felt like a steal at the time.

    I did as most 18 year old lads do and drove it everywhere at full tilt, including some top speed runs on my own private test track that was very similar in many ways to the M25 on the way back from Gatwick.

    When compared to my friend's Escorts, Colts etc, I felt like a freakin' king. Leather seats, big stereo, bonnet scoop and 137BHP to hand. I remember lots of good memories that summer.

    It was also *considerably* more expensive to run that the XR2 that it replaced. The thermostat housing managed to sheer one of its flimsy little bits off it, and it was a dealer only place. My engineering skills then were nothing like they are now, so I felt the only choice was to stump up the cost of a new part. Apparently, just that year and model of car had 3 variants and mine was well over £200. In hindsight, I was having my pants pulled down by the dealer who seemed quite happy to bamboozle a teenager.

    The cat also let go which took out the rear exhaust. Another few hundred there. And then several other bits and bobs.

    Great car though - lots of happy memories and, despite having never driven anything nearly as powerful as that before, I kept it the right way up. I did accidentally induce lift off oversteer in it once and promptly shat myself, yet felt like Colin Mcrae as I managed to hold the slide by luck more than skill.

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