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Saturday, 27 June 2015

1974 Renault Estafette 'Gordini' Campervan - Coys Auction 11/07/15


Blenheim Palace 

Each time we receive a catalogue from Coys we can never decide on what we should feature as our choice of vehicle in their upcoming sale. Our stats tell us that most of the our choices are on equal par, but on the odd occassion something different whets the appetite, so today we are going with this, let us know what you think.

116 - 1974 Renault Estafette 'Gordini' Campervan 

Estimate: £3,500 - £5,000
Registration Number: XGU 728M
Chassis Number: R1236/8902219
Originally the Estafette was available in only four colours from the factory: grey, blue, yellow or orange. The Estafette delivered on all its promises, with its low floor and wide rear opening; the high-roofed versions were especially popular with companies having to load bulky items – the 0.8cu metre increase in capacity does allowed a man to stand inside. It was also very popular in camper form as a worthy competitor to its ubiquitous VW counterpart.
Today's version has a celebrated history. Originally manufactured in 1974 as a van and later converted into a camper, it was bought especially to be converted to pre-1966 appearance as the tender unit to the Rae Davis Racing Renault 8 Gordini entry in the 2011 St Mary's Trophy race at the famed Goodwood Revival meeting. With such a high-profile team – starring Le Mans star driver Nicolas Minassian and Goodwood favourite Rae Davis – the RDR ensemble's aim was naturally to be among the best presented teams at Goodwood.
The little Estafette was subjected to a thorough and professional makeover in the style of the famous Gordini team support vehicles of the 1960s. The attention to detail was superb in its execution and, almost needless to say, the RDR team won the coveted 'Best Presented Team' prize, awarded personally by Lord March, at the 2011 Goodwood Revival – high praise indeed.
More recently this little van has been taken to many historic race events with a father and son team and always attracts alot of attention in the paddock. Supplied with a V5 document and current MoT certificate valid until June next year, this charming and most useable Gallic Camper is ready to go!
For further information or to arrange a viewing, please contact our sales department.

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