2005 Renault Clio 182 Trophy #465

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2005 Renault Clio 182 Trophy #465

155.000 miles 3 previous owners HPI clear x2 keys unmodified

Unfortunately the time has come to move on my trophy after 3 years of ownership. After I bought the car in 2020 I embarked on a refresh to make the trophy into the reliable usable car that it is today. During the refresh in 2020 the rear beam and fuel tank were removed from the car. The whole rear end of the car was taken back to bare metal and any surface rust treated. Multiple coats of POR15 followed and finally dynatol underbody wax was applied, this closely resembles the factory finish. Before reassembly the beam, brake hose bracket and all 3 exhaust brackets were powdercoated (although some surface rust is creeping back again) and the following parts were replaced: Rear beam bushes, Rear ABS sensors, 2x rear calipers, brake hoses and long steel brake line, handbrake calipers, brake disc spacers, cup rear shocks.

At the front the sachs dampers were refurbished, powdercoated and extra scraper seals added by cornering force. The original trophy springs were powdercoated and new top mounts were fitted. The bottom arms were repainted and fitted with new ball joints and bushes. The front hubs were painted and fitted with new wheel bearings and ABS sensors. The front brake calipers were refurbished and discs, pads (replaced again a couple of months ago) and brake hoses replaced. New front arch liners (now NLA) were also fitted.

Engine wise in 2020 I replaced the dephaser and belt kit, cam seals, dephaser solenoid seal water pump, auxiliary kit (replaced again a couple of months ago), thermostat, all 3 engine and gearbox mounts, power steering pump, radiator and lower mounts, AC condenser, crank position sensor and wiring plug, inlet and exhaust manifold gaskets, top radiator hose, expansion tank, spark plugs and alternator. In 2021 I replaced 4x injectors, thermostat housing gasket, inlet manifold pressure sensor, coolant tube and O ring, starter motor, battery, sump gasket and HT leads.

In 2021 the gearbox started crunching into 3rd gear slightly. A replacement was sourced and sent to a gearbox specialist to be checked. It was found to be in really good condition internally so was fitted with a new selector seal and reassembled. When Fitting the gearbox I replaced the clutch, crankshaft oil seal, both driveshafts, Gearbox end cap and O ring, clutch cable. I also replaced the gear linkage bushes. While the subframe was off I got it blasted and painted along with the subframe brace brackets and bottom arm to body braces.

In 2022 the steering rack sprung a leak so I bought a low mileage rack and got it rebuilt by a specialist. This was then fitted along with new inner track rods and boots, track rod ends, steering rack mounting bushes and a power steering pressure switch. Also in 2022 I replaced inner and outer ARB bushes and the wiper motor.
All the parts that I have replaced are ether genuine or quality aftermarket (febi, delphi, skf etc)The body although highly presentable is not perfect. There is some lacquer peel starting on the O/S/R of the roof, there is a scratch on the back window and the O/S front wing has a crack that's just visible with the bonnet shut. The car has KTEC front splitter painted satin black. The turinis were repainted in 2021 and are fitted with Michelin PS3's with 5mm + of tread.

The interior is in very tidy condition overall. The recaro seats are in great condition with the drivers bolster being replaced in 2020, the heater control panel was also replaced with a good used one due to the common flaking issue. A snappy retrimmed steering wheel is also fitted.

I have pictures of most of the work and a big wedge of invoices for parts. Unfortunately there is very little history from before my ownership. The car is MOT'd until June 2024.
Overall Its a great example of a useable trophy that drives brilliantly.
I also have some spare parts available by separate negotiation including 1x trophy offset turnini and some new trophy eibach springs.

£8750

Located in Elland near Huddersfield

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I would consider that a very decent example,you've obviously put a lot of effort and money into looking after it and it really stands to it.

Best of luck with the sale,I'm sure it will find a suitable new home and owner fairly quickly.
 

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This car is really lovely and does not look like it’s done 155k, also with Andy being a mechanic I’m sure he has done everything properly mechanical wise.

This will make a great car for someone and I can honestly say if they go to look at it they will not be disappointed

Good luck with your sale

Nick
 

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Sorry to hear you're selling up Andy, but what a well presented car and advert. The car looks in great order, and illustrates that the number on the odometer becomes meaningless when they're well looked after, cared for and maintained which your car here obviously has been. It's a credit to you and I hope the next owner appreciates it and is able to enjoy it as intended.

To my eyes, from the pics, this looks like one of the nicest usable Trophy's to come to market in recent times, and I'd like to wish you the very best with your sale.
 

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If my RB hadn’t gone down south I would be very interested in this car.
All the hard work has been done and she is ready to enjoy.
Good luck with the sale.
 
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Thank you all for the replys. I will be genuinely sad to see it go and have been putting off the sale for a while. Its been a brilliant car and I definitely feel like I've ticked a 'I've got to have one of those some day' car off the list!
 

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I've always maintained the numbers on a odometer are irrelevant, it's all about condition and recent history and this backs up my theory completely.

Lovely example GLWS.
Couldn’t agree more, surprised this hasn’t been snapped up, a great example to cherish and also enjoy.
 
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Thanks for the replys the trophys now £8000. I'm going to leave it for a week or so and put it into storage until spring.
 

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I've always maintained the numbers on a odometer are irrelevant, it's all about condition and recent history and this backs up my theory completely.

Lovely example GLWS.
I absolutely second this. I was always an advocate of a low mileage car but I bought my second Trophy on 153k miles and I am certain the history and overall condition is better than some with half that mileage.

Good luck, this is a bargain for someone.
 

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And I'm going to third it, for about the third time.. I think folk who want a Trophy to actually drive are missing a trick here. I'd go so far as to say that Andy's car here is in better order than the majority of low mileage "collector" cars, the most of which need a good recommissioning at best.. Andy's car is sorted, on the button and ready to enjoy, forget the odometer and buy yourself a slice of good fun.
 

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We where only talking about mileage’s yesterday Ed weren’t we -
I have fully restored a 83k car to a good standard however the mileage would not be for everyone - but having seen some low mileage cars that have been for sale lately I’m sure most will still eat money to make them lovely.
 

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We where only talking about mileage’s yesterday Ed weren’t we -
I have fully restored a 83k car to a good standard however the mileage would not be for everyone - but having seen some low mileage cars that have been for sale lately I’m sure most will still eat money to make them lovely.
We were indeed Nick, and yours at 83k is in absolutely exceptional order, one of the best and I'd guarantee better than examples with half the numbers on the odometer.

It does make me chuckle, the obsession with this when it comes to 'Modern Classics'...

Our 1965 Morris Mini Cooper has less than 6k on the odometer.. After nearly 60 years that's quite obviously not the mileage it's done, but it's so bloody old it becomes immaterial and the car is judged on condition and provenance which after a certain point I believe it has to be..

I could order a brand new instrument cluster for my 200 Cup tomorrow, with zero miles, stick it in a lock up for 6 years or so or however long to drop off the MOT radar, roll it out as a one owner zero miles car.. Where the 'F' does is it end? Just enjoy your cars as cars folks. :LOL: (y)
 

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