RE: Renault Megane Monaco | Shed of the Week

RE: Renault Megane Monaco | Shed of the Week

Friday 25th November

Renault Megane Monaco | Shed of the Week

A car named Monaco was never going to be austere - take a look at this Megane's interior...


As you might expect, Shed has a man cave. As you might not expect, it’s an actual cave that he hacked out of the railway line embankment that runs behind his workshop. Well, he needed somewhere to hide didn’t he. There might have been some structural weakening of the embankment as a result of his excavations, but the bowing of the rails when a two-carriage Country Crawler rattles past on its twice-weekly trip past Shed’s village isn’t anywhere near as bad now as it was when the heavy old steam engines and Deltic diesels were pounding up and down the line. 

Talking of which, the village postmistress donated a purple velour sofa to Shed for use in his cave, where it is gradually acquiring two knee-shaped indentations. For the sake of balance we should mention at this point that Mrs Shed also has a man cave. For more on that you’ll have to go to the darknet version of PH on you-p-head.com.

Which finally brings us to this week’s Shed, a visually interesting Renault Mégane Monaco. Before you rip this car a new one with your incisive keyboardery, be aware that the 1990s were a good decade for the Mégane. There’s sporting heritage here, sort of. The Maxi Mégane was a serious F2 rally car that served many a privateer well well into the 2000s. Shed challenges you to find another sentence that has well well in it like that (apart from ‘well well, said the constable’).

As you can see, this is a 2000 example of the 1999-on facelift (or some would say second-generation) Mégane. Shed isn’t sure if the 16-valve K4J 1.6 engine made it into the Coupe. He thinks it did, even though the relaxed 89hp being claimed for it in the ad sounds more appropriate for an 8-valver. As ever Shed is ready to be put right on this, as he is on so many other things in his life. Not everyone liked the front-end restyle, but the gen-two/facelift Mégane Coupe was a comfy and easy-driving car. Oddly, the Coupe was a two-door rather than a three-door hatch but the boot was pretty small, and you’d have a job finding anyone daft enough to sit in the cramped rear compartment for more than ten minutes anyway, so you weren’t missing much there.

Okay, so let’s deal with the look. Shed is convinced he’s squinting at a purple car here, but the MOT certificate insists that it’s brown. A bevvied-up mole has better eyesight than Shed, so he’ll concede this point but what he is sure about is the strangely lovely farmyard-brown hue of the plumptious-looking leather seating. He really hopes he’s right about the purple bodywork because in his head he hasn’t moved on from the time when purple and brown were a highly acceptable, nay fashionable, colour combination for the gentleman about town. Shed’s Sunday best remains a purple Crimplene suit which he pairs up with tan brogues. It doesn’t sound like a good mix to those of us living in the real world until you take a gange at this Monaco. Admit it: somehow, even taking into account the not-quite-matching colour of the leathery wheel, it manages to convey a nice feeling of ritzy luxury. 

The important part of the MOT history is that been largely clean since 2006, when the then six-year-old Renault had done fewer than 10,000 miles. Between then and 2017 its outings amounted to about a thousand miles a year. There was a 26,000-mile spurt between 2017 and 2021, with 5,000 or so more accumulated in the year up to May ’22. The car now stands at 49,000 and comes with another clean ticket to next May.

There are some extra badges on this car which suggest that at least one of the previous owners had a sense of humour. On the back we have ‘Superleggera’, which you might have thought was more commonly associated with expensive custom Italian coachwork. The literal meaning of superleggera is of course ‘superlight’, a joke you could understand if it referred to weight loss through rust, but there’s no sign of that either now or anywhere in the MOT history. There’s also a Gordini sticker on the back, in a suitably art deco-ish font. Shed doesn’t mind that because it reflects Renault’s shameful period of badge-engineering when the only Gordini part was the badge, and even that wouldn’t have come from the Gordini works. 

Finally, on the nearside front we have a ’Tis But A Scratch’ sticker. Shed’s thinking of buying a box of these, not just to help sell some of the scabbier motors that pass through his hands but also to stick on his forehead after Mrs Shed has dealt out more frontier justice with the soup ladle.


See the original advert here

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Pusikurac

Original Poster:

69 posts

24 months

Friday 25th November
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This is the kind of car, you get for free from a cheap relative.

wardpaa

9 posts

82 months

Friday 25th November
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This car would usually be a washing machine by now but it's obviously led a luxury life in a garage, only going out to the church then a roast on Sundays.

Wren-went

424 posts

22 months

Friday 25th November
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No thanks , I loved my 1 and only Renault a Clio 182 that was faultless in 2.5 years of ownership unfortunately this isn't a Clio 182 and it's not for me and that car went years ago.

This looks well but not we'll enough for me £1500 seams such alot low mileage or not this would have been less than half precovid days , the days which I long for when cars finally return to pre 20 prices.

mersontheperson

448 posts

149 months

Friday 25th November
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Perfect shed, very happy to have as my station car

EmailAddress

9,075 posts

202 months

Friday 25th November
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Ooh, fancy.

Nsuro80

15 posts

49 months

Friday 25th November
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Lovin' the soup bowls on that ferret cap

CDP

7,309 posts

238 months

Friday 25th November
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I had a chuckle about shed mining his way under the railway embankment and the effects on the surface above. A few years back there was a report of and odd man in London (I think) who extend his living space by tunnelling below neighbouring properties with expensive consequences. That was pretty peculiar.

Won't the sofa get damp in there?

Turbobanana

4,373 posts

185 months

Friday 25th November
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Pusikurac said:
This is the kind of car, you get for free from a cheap relative.
Perhaps you could give us your relative's contact details, because this looks great for the money and should drive well, as they always did. I'd certainly take one for free. I'd even pay £1500 for one, if I were in the market.

WTFWT

825 posts

207 months

Friday 25th November
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Loved the F2 Maxi versions of these with the wide track.

Bill

49,153 posts

239 months

Friday 25th November
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Pusikurac said:
This is the kind of car, you get for free from a cheap relative.
hehe

I can't decide if this is ghastly or ace, or both!

Mysstree

310 posts

30 months

Friday 25th November
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Looks like a cut and shut from behind the door to the rear, as if whoever did it took a few inches out (long time since Shed had a few inches taken out by Mrs Shed i bet). Even looks a different shade as well.

soad

31,686 posts

160 months

Friday 25th November
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Bill said:
Pusikurac said:
This is the kind of car, you get for free from a cheap relative.
hehe

I can't decide if this is ghastly or ace, or both!
A bit of both, I don’t even think it’s expensive. Looks alright for the asking price.

Global Nomad

60 posts

65 months

Friday 25th November
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Pusikurac said:
This is the kind of car, you get for free from a cheap relative.
or perhaps
This is the cheap car, you get for free from a kind relative

el romeral

669 posts

121 months

Friday 25th November
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I like it and a great colour combo.

Filibuster

2,367 posts

199 months

Friday 25th November
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I rather like that colour and interior! Well done, great shed!!

SteveTTT

90 posts

120 months

Friday 25th November
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Trades Descriptions Act - “matching brown leather”!!!

AndySheff

6,309 posts

191 months

Friday 25th November
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Looked at the exterior pics and thought "nah, that's not for me".
Saw the interior - hurl

CarlosSainz100

180 posts

104 months

Friday 25th November
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CDP said:
I had a chuckle about shed mining his way under the railway embankment and the effects on the surface above. A few years back there was a report of and odd man in London (I think) who extend his living space by tunnelling below neighbouring properties with expensive consequences. That was pretty peculiar.

Won't the sofa get damp in there?
Wasn't there an infamous pistonheads thread a long time ago where a bloke found a cave at the end of his garden? I seem to remember he stuck a lamp on an extension cable down the hole minus the lampshade to try and see how far it went?

SteveStrange

1,630 posts

197 months

Friday 25th November
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Needs to be auto for the full effect, but, for as much as I generally hate old cheap French rubbish, I quite like this on the inside.

Alorotom

10,850 posts

171 months

Friday 25th November
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As someone who’s owned 2 coupes and 4 convertibles in various guises of this phase 2 Megane - this combination is very rare (probably the only rarer interior is the bright red leather)

Prices of these have been starting to creep in recent years and have gone from where a couple or cab could be had for £2-400 east to very few examples coming up and many are into 4 figures.

I was offered a 13k mile convertible recently but I’m not convinced they’ll rocket in value, ever

Not a bad run about for the money but they are small inside and the OEM engine mounts are made of marshmallow lol