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Sub-zero 3 13.04%
Cool 8 34.78%
Uncool 9 39.13%
Seriously uncool 2 8.70%
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Uncool. Apart from the last 2
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What Gaz said. Cheap French Tat.
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I have always hated the look of them.

Uncool.
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I went in a Mk2 once. Terrible thing. Droney, uncomfy, rattly and hot
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You have to separate a normal 5 from anything Gordini. Normal 5's are 'Uncool'; unless you happen to live in France, in which case I would say they could just be 'Cool' but then driving any French car in France would be 'Cool'. For me it would anyway!

Gordini's are at the very least 'Cool'

And so for that reason, I can't vote. I'm out!
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One of the dads at my sons rugby club just bought a Maxi 5 rally car just like the last picture. It's to go with his collection which includes a Series 1 E-Type , sixties Aston DB5 and Austin Healey so it must have some coolness. For him at least.
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You have to separate a normal 5 from anything Gordini. Normal 5's are 'Uncool'; unless you happen to live in France, in which case I would say they could just be 'Cool' but then driving any French car in France would be 'Cool'. For me it would anyway!

Gordini's are at the very least 'Cool'

And so for that reason, I can't vote. I'm out!
I stuck a couple of Alpine/Gordini's in.
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I stuck a couple of Alpine/Gordini's in.
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Thats where you went wrong
...exactly
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They started off tepid and got cooler as the pictures progressed.

Utter tat apart from the Maxi version which was pretty cool and just a bit mad....which helps.
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Deffo cool
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R5 in fillums;

Fatima Bush, Never say never again.

Frank, The transporter.

So that's 1 for 2 (no, yes - not yes, no!)

Back @ age 18 a mate had one (with the dash mounted gearchange) which he drove to the absolute limit.

Barely cool.
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I once had a look at one in my early 20's. I fancied the chic french thingy of it all.

I peeled back a carpet (no idea why) and saw tarmac.
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I once had a look at one in my early 20's. I fancied the chic french thingy of it all.

I peeled back a carpet (no idea why) and saw tarmac.
Why would you lay tarmac inside the car?.... Weirdos those French
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Probably to stop it blowing away
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Actually those photographs show very different cars:

The original standard Renault 5 had a lot of charm, but, it was a serious mistake that the French had put in the engine, transmission and suspension from Renault 4. It even had the same stupid gearshift like an umbrella handle sticking out from the dashboard area.

The 850 ccm engine, delivered only 36 BHP, and the suspension was incredibly soft and wobbly – even for a French car.

The engine size was gradually increased, and the gearshift changed place to the more “normal” floor position. But, finally in 1984 the entire car was modified with a longer and wider body , different suspension, and a bigger engine. The basic design features was unchanged, though.

Renault also made the R 5 Gordini / Alpine models which had a 92 BHP, 1,4 L engine and much harder suspension. It was actually relatively fast and rather cool, - in the 80’es.

The Renault 5 Turbo (seen on the last photograph and the one just above) was basically a Rally car, re-designed by Bertone, and had a 168 BHP 1,4 L turbo mid-engine and rear wheel drive. It was awesome. Sub Zero back in the 1980’es.

Have to say cool, then.
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uber cool. love the boggo R5. As smart a small car as you'll find.

my mum had a new Gordini Turbo in 1983. I'm not joking, but the exhaust rumble sounded like a V8. The...turbo....lag........was..........then,...... boost..................owwwwwwwww weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! It flew! Gotta a lot of time for R5s.

Here is a nice compare and contrast video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_qGcIAo5Sk

How can you not love this what's now seen as a slammed look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv-kN2rlvfU

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Poll is for the whole range, so I had to vote uncool. Owning the base model of a tiny French car like this is unthinkable.
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Uncool, definitely not a looker.

Saluti, Giordano.
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I once had a look at one in my early 20's. I fancied the chic french thingy of it all.

I peeled back a carpet (no idea why) and saw tarmac.
My first two cars were R5s. The first had a floor like the one you examined.
My gf at the time liked them so I bought another
Metallic blue, went round corners like a boat.
When I replaced it with a Mk 3 Escort it seemed to be on rails by comparison
If 2cvs are cool R5s might be soon


...but not for me
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