It seems old, fast Clios are getting more valuable by the day, but canny buys remain out there…
By Matt Bird / Wednesday, 25 May 2022 / Loading comments
A perfect storm has formed to surge values of classic Renault Clios. Firstly, the Renault Sport brand, beloved in the UK by dedicated enthusiasts, is being retired in favour of the Alpine badge. And while the A110 is a wonderful sports car, with some fine heritage of its own, there probably isn’t the enthusiasm for an Alpine hot hatch right now that there once was for a Renault Sport one. Even with an electric Alpine pocket rocket not all that far off.
Add into all that the reverence that still surrounds Williams and the V6, plus now the 182 Trophy as well, and it’s no surprise that pretty much all the old 2.0-litre stuff is appreciating. The future is unknown and scary; much better to put hard-earned money, (however much it might end up being) into what is already known and loved.
Goodness gracious, though, it is a lot of money. A £20k Williams no longer really registers, but when there are 182s at £10k and Trophys approaching 100,000 miles for almost £15k, you know something’s up. Perhaps the rise of the Renault Sport Clio was inevitable, as the darling of the hot hatch and track day crowd that was also prone to being crashed, but current values can still seem a shock to those of us fondly recalling a good selection at little more than Shed money.
So why not try something newer? No doubt the Clio purists will deride the later 200 as portly and aloof against the old school, but these things are all relative; the 2009-on car was still F4R-powered, still screamed past 7,000rpm and still drove better than anything else that was available for a similarly small amount of money. Nobody will ever, ever accuse it of not being a proper Clio R.S., especially with the worthwhile tweaks it introduced to the gearing and steering (including the PerfoHub struts) to bring out the best in the close-but-no-cigar Clio 197. Let’s not forget what followed the 200, either – the turbocharged, auto-only, five-door-only Clio R.S. As the last of its breed, it would be no surprise to find the 200 coveted one day in the not too distant future.
This one looks good, a 2011 car with just 36,000 miles and the desirable Recaro seat option. It isn’t a Cup of any kind, which at its most committed meant a 36kg lighter Clio as well as a stiffer one, but there will be a whole host of options from the aftermarket for those wanting more edge. Which will probably cost less than getting some good Recaros. Anyway, it’s turned out nicely in rally-car-without-sponsors white, it’s had two owners for its 11 years and it has an advisory-free MOT (after an initial fail) until next May. There’s surely a lot of fun in store here for the next owner.
And it’s £11,500 before any negotiation, which doesn’t seem like loads in the mad world of quick Clios – even if it’s not an awful lot less than would have been paid in 2011. For a slice of old school French hot hatch genius with some modern usability baked in, it’s hard to think of much better. And you can thank us later if it’s worth just as much (or maybe a bit more) a few years down the line…
SPECIFICATION | RENAULT SPORT CLIO 200
Engine: 1,998cc, four-cyl
Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power (hp): [email protected],100rpm
Torque (lb ft): [email protected],400rpm
Recorded mileage: 36,000
Year registered: 2011
Price new: £15,750 (2009, Cup)
Yours for: £11,500
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