This 2002 Renault Clio V6 Phase 1 is an uncompromising mid-engined hot hatch presented in superb condition, having evidently been cherished by its previous owners. Equipped with a 227bhp 3.0-litre V6 and a six-speed manual transmission, the rear-wheel drive Clio V6 can still hold its own with contemporary ‘everyman’ performance hatchbacks. This example has covered 55,301 miles from new.
The Phase 1 model was assembled by Tom Walkinshaw Racing in Sweden, and this car is one of just 223 UK examples finished in Iceberg Silver (and is number 500 of the 1,513 built). First registered in November 2002, the car has five former keepers from new and was acquired by the vendor last year.
Many of these Clios have been stripped out to use as track toys – or worse, crashed and repaired – but this is an original and unmolested example. The only modifications from factory specification are the addition of a Quicksilver stainless steel exhaust, and the yellow painted brake calipers.
Its Iceberg Silver paintwork looks superb in the photos, and the Collecting Cars team found it to be in very good condition even upon close inspection. We spotted a handful of minor stone chips at the front as you would expect, and one small area of stress cracking in the paint around the nearside rear wheel arch – which is shown in the media gallery.
The underside of the car is also in excellent condition. The door, bonnet and boot shuts and jambs are in great shape, as are all of the rubber seals. It appears to be a genuinely superb example with original factory paintwork.
In the cabin, the sport seats still have their original upholstery in the factory combination of dark blue leather and suede, embroidered with Renault Sport logos in the seat panels. All of the rest of the interior trim is in superb condition, and the steering wheel benefits from having been professionally re-trimmed. The metal plaque between the seats confirms that this is car number 500 of the total production run.
At the back of the car, the original jacking kit is still in place. The small boot area behind the engine is supplemented by a front storage compartment, as well as a net-enclosed shelf behind the seats.
This is a mechanically sound car that is ready to thrill on the road. Its first five stamped services were all at Renault main dealers. It has had cambelt renewals at 30,000 miles and 53,000 miles – the latter during the 2015 service, which also included a new auxiliary belt and water pump. An advisory regarding play in a track control arm ball joint was rectified in 2016 with a replacement part. In 2017, the ignition coil was renewed, and last year it was given an oil service by Rodney Garages in Forest Hill, London.
The car has a very impressive MOT history, with the last test on 31 October 2019 at 55,337 miles, which resulted in a clean pass with no advisories. It has just been fitted with a new set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres, in size 215/45 ZR17 at the front and 235/45 ZR17 at the rear.
Accompanied by all of the original literature, including the owner’s manual and the stamped service booklet, as well as numerous invoices, this Renault Clio V6 is a terrific modern classic in great condition. It is ready to be taken out on sunny days by a new owner and enjoyed straight away.
Please note: the private registration plate ’V6 TGY’ is also included in the sale.
Summary of service and MOT history:
21 Oct 2003 – Service at 9,177 miles (main dealer)
24 Nov 2004 – Service at 17,004 miles (main dealer)
8 Nov 2005 – Service at 23,277 miles (main dealer)
18 Nov 2005 – MOT at 23,523 miles
29 Nov 2006 – MOT at 26,816 miles
6 Sep 2007 – Service at 30,351 miles (main dealer, cambelt renewal)
7 Sep 2007 – MOT at 30,354 miles
3 Sep 2008 – Service at 41,211 miles (main dealer)
3 Sep 2008 – MOT at 41,212 miles
15 Sep 2009 – MOT at 44,668 miles
3 Sep 2010 – MOT at 46,507 miles
9 Aug 2011 – Service at ~48,000 miles
31 Aug 2011 – MOT at 48,383 miles
12 Aug 2012 – MOT at 50,670 miles
10 Aug 2013 – MOT at 51,747 miles
9 Aug 2014 – MOT at 52,572 miles
4 Sep 2015 – MOT at 53,117 miles
1 Oct 2015 – Service at 53,200 miles (cambelt renewal)
1 Sep 2016 – MOT at 53,866 miles
5 Sep 2017 – MOT at 54,516 miles
12 Apr 2018 – Service at 54,628 miles
8 Aug 2018 – MOT at 54,887 miles
31 Oct 2019 – MOT at 55,337 miles