1997 Renault Sport Spider
Year of manufacture1997
- One of only sixty examples delivered new to the U.K.
- Just 13,000 miles from new
- Accompanied by wet-weather equipment, both keys, and its document briefcase.
Please note that this lot will need to be collected in Chobham, U.K.
The Renault Sport Spider was launched in 1995, when Williams/Renault were enjoying imperious form in Formula 1 and the sportscar marketplace was booming. As if the wild aesthetics were not enough to convince prospective buyers of its purpose, it was also marketed via the creation of a single-marque U.K.-based racing series in which the likes of Andy Priaulx and Jason Plato traded paintwork and position. Each car was hand-built from start to finish and took about 90 hours to complete, which partially justified its relatively high price at the time. An out and out driver’s car, the Spider was devoid of power steering and servo assisted brakes and featured rose jointed double wishbone suspension front and rear, mounted on an aluminum chassis for its combination of low weight and substantial strength that “has enough grip to take the lid off a planet sized jam jar” according to a review by Evo magazine. Power came from a 2.0-litre transversely mounted four cylinder from the Clio Williams, capable of 148 bhp at 6,500 rpm, which was enough to whip the 930 kg Spider to 60 mph in a little over 6 seconds and onto a top speed in the region of 140 mph.
This particular car is one of only 60 UK delivered examples, specified in blue/grey metallic with black Recaro sports seats and optional front cargo bucket. Being a UK car, it also benefits from having a fixed windscreen to which an emergency rain hood can be fitted. It has covered just 13,000 miles (verified by a file of previous MoT inspections) to date and comes complete with its unused full wet weather equipment, both keys and its Metoni document briefcase, the contents of which attest to a lifetime of diligent upkeep. Indeed, one of its two former owners was himself the principle of a Renault dealership. In June of this year, the car’s brakes were serviced, which included fitting new hoses, and bleeding the brakes. It has never been raced and presents in fantastic condition, recently recommissioned for this sale and given a fresh MoT valid until June 2021.
Highly collectible and very useable, this Renault Sport Spider would be a fantastic weekend toy or track day weapon.
Please note that this lot is currently on display at CARS in Chobham at Alpha 319 Chobham Business Centre, Chertsey Road, Chobham, Surrey, GU24 8JB and can be viewed on appointment on Thursday October 29th and Friday October 30th between 9am and 5pm. Please contact our office at +44 (0) 20 7851 7070 or email Britta Buchmann at [email protected] to secure your appointment. Should you want more information on this lot, feel free to email [email protected] view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/lf20.