RE: MVS Venturi 200: Spotted

RE: MVS Venturi 200: Spotted

Wednesday 10th April 2019

MVS Venturi 200: Spotted

After an 80's supercar with that little bit of je ne sais quoi? We've found just the thing!



Most off-piste automotive attractions can be traced back to a childhood encounter; an eye-catching Hot Wheels model, a video game hero car or a particularly strong Top Trumps card. None of those is true for me when it comes to Venturi, nor its predecessor MVS, but I've long harboured a peculiar soft spot for their output nonetheless.

Okay, so it's not that strange; the French manufacturer exclusively turned out handsome two-seater coupes - in its original incarnation, at least - and there are certainly other more oddball marques out there. Still, it's hardly the most obvious make for a young Brit to be drawn to.

Venturi production began in 1987 with the 160 and 200 Coupes, making today's Spotted a fairly early car. One of just three right-hand drive 200 Coupes ever produced, it features the 2.5-litre turbocharged V6 from a Renault R25 Turbo, putting out over 200hp and 216lb ft of torque for a 60mph of 6.9 seconds. That hardly made it the most potent performer of its time, but what the Venturi lacked in outright performance it made up for in driving pleasure.


Thanks to its combination of composite body and double wishbone suspension featuring Koni shocks and springs, the 200 Coupe was lighter on its feet than a lot of rivals, bestowing it with greater agility and steering feel. Qualities which stand the Venturi in even greater stead in an era when most hot hatches will leave an 80's supercar outgunned. It was also fantastically well put together as the condition of this 24,000 mile example demonstrates. A recent visit to French Venturi specialist SL Automobiles has resulted in a Β£6,000-plus mechanical overhaul, which should help even further in that regard.

While Β£35,000 is hardly cheap, then, it doesn't seem like too much for an attractive, enjoyable and rare piece of French automotive history. Venturi may not be set for an Alpine-esque revival any time soon, but that certainly doesn't mean that its accomplishments should be forgotten.


SPECIFICATION - MVS VENTURI 200

Engine: 2,458cc V6 turbo
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Power (hp): 203@5,750rpm
Torque (lb ft): 216@2,500rpm
MPG: N/A
CO2: N/A
First registered: 1988
Recorded mileage: 24,000
Price new: N/A
Yours for: Β£34,995

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Bladedancer

Original Poster:

1,044 posts

154 months

Wednesday 10th April 2019
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"mid engine sports car built entirely using French systems and components" - if that's not scary I don't know what is :P

Still, a piece of automotive history worth preserving, by someone with very, very deep pockets biggrin

redroadster

1,144 posts

190 months

Wednesday 10th April 2019
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Nice shape quite timeless junk interior ,when old fords are going for silly money then it's prob worth it .

Water Fairy

3,310 posts

113 months

Wednesday 10th April 2019
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That interior is almost as nasty as my old TVR wedges lol

Turbobanana

2,559 posts

159 months

Wednesday 10th April 2019
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Bladedancer said:
"mid engine sports car built entirely using French systems and components" - if that's not scary I don't know what is :P

Still, a piece of automotive history worth preserving, by someone with very, very deep pockets biggrin
Or...

Something a bit different, probably on a par with a contemporary Lotus Esprit in terms of performance, reliability and image, using readily-sourced proprietary components from a major manufacturer.

For a cotton wool-wrapped ownership experience, do what everyone else does and buy a Porsche. For those who tread a different path, this looks great: stylish, (moderately) affordable and well cared for.

sjabrown

1,463 posts

118 months

Wednesday 10th April 2019
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That looks superb in the side-profile photo.

sideways man

883 posts

95 months

Wednesday 10th April 2019
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I was at Le Mans around this time, they had a few on display trying to drum up sales. Very good looking in the flesh and drew a lot of attention. But 30 year old french tech.... maybe this should be featured in the next Brave Pill article.

AndySA

892 posts

221 months

Wednesday 10th April 2019
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Remember reading about these as a school boy in the 80's. Still think the styling is fantastic, has really aged well. Very comparable to a lotus of the era.

TWPC

693 posts

119 months

Wednesday 10th April 2019
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That looks wonderful. Venturis got rave reviews in Car Magazine back in the 80s/early 90s for their looks and especially their handling and ride.

I remember debating whether I would buy a Venturi or a Renault GTA turbo when I earned my millions... Needless to say I have owned neither. rolleyes

easytiger123

2,130 posts

167 months

Wednesday 10th April 2019
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Maybe it's just old age but wasn't this exact car featured in a similar PH piece about a year ago?

Lovely looking thing.

BigChiefmuffinAgain

371 posts

56 months

Wednesday 10th April 2019
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Like the Renault Alpine, I remember these were always well reviewed at the time, but sadly like the Renault Alpine, they hardly ever sold. The interior improved over the various iterations of the car ( they were constantly launching new versions which seemed to look like the previous version with a different name ).

Would be a lovely thing to own in theory, but I imagine finding spare parts these days would be un cauchemar.....

Suterman2

34 posts

106 months

Wednesday 10th April 2019
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Front end looks near identical to a C4 Corvette.

mariscalcus

51 posts

103 months

Wednesday 10th April 2019
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"Je nais se quoi"????

If you do not know French why quote it? I trust that your car review is more knowledgable and less embarrassing.

Turbobanana

2,559 posts

159 months

Wednesday 10th April 2019
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mariscalcus said:
"Je nais se quoi"????

If you do not know French why quote it? I trust that your car review is more knowledgable and less embarrassing.
Good spot. "What's French for 'duck a l'orange', Rodney?" biggrin

fernando the frog

298 posts

26 months

Wednesday 10th April 2019
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I always wanted an Atlantique!

Lewis Kingston

233 posts

35 months

Wednesday 10th April 2019
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Pretty sure this is the exact same car that went for just under £16k in 2017 at a Historics auction. Was quite tempted myself but I was hanging on for a later lot. Inevitably, the car I was really interested in sold for more than I was hoping. D'oh!

TheVole

496 posts

111 months

Wednesday 10th April 2019
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Looks like a nice car - but the thing I'm noticing most is that it looks like it has the exact same Momo steering wheel that you got in the mk1 MX5!

HardtopManual

1,435 posts

124 months

Wednesday 10th April 2019
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The green Venturi that was featured this time last year is still up for sale (at the same price quoted in the article)

I love the looks but wouldn't fancy trying to sell one.

Podie

45,993 posts

233 months

Wednesday 10th April 2019
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Venturi Atlantique 300 for me please... lick


irocfan

24,451 posts

148 months

Wednesday 10th April 2019
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TWPC said:
I remember debating whether I would buy a Venturi or a Renault GTA turbo when I earned my millions... Needless to say I have owned neither. rolleyes
but you've earned your millions so take a punt wink

Filibuster

1,620 posts

173 months

Wednesday 10th April 2019
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I have always liked these. A very handsome car imho.
It looks like the lovechild of a Ferrari 355 and an Esprit V8, while the Ferrari 412 is the grandfather.