EBS Renault 5 Convertible

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The Belgian company EBS produced a limited number of convertible versions of the Renault 5 (1400 in total), almost all of which were left-hand-drive. Several factors severely limited the numbers of right-hand-drive versions produced:

These factors meant that only 33 were ever ordered, of which only 14 were the GT Turbo version (source - Radbourne Racing).

Although all of these 14 were based on the Phase II GT Turbo, there was also a Type I and Type II of EBS convertibles. I have not been able to obtain figures showing the split. The Type I had modified rear light clusters so that they and the hood sat lower - avoiding the need for the extra trim covers fitted to the type II. No front door quarterlights were fitted.

The Renault 5 GT Turbo EBS RHD convertible is one of the rarest cars made in recent years.

Contents

SUPERCINQ CABRIOLET Brochure

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Vive l'Elégance

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The Supercinq Cabriolet is a genuine, thoroughbred full convertible, without quarterlights or a roll cage. That is not only a must for real open motoring, but also for the special styling of the Supercinq. The car looks as if it was initially conceived as a convertible.

An additionally strengthened chassis construction which is integrated into the floorpan of the vehicle ensures excellent stability, the best handling and roadholding. The floor construction is designed such that maximum stiffness with minimal extra weight is guaranteed. Extensive safety tests were carefully carried out by Renault to meet the EEC standards.

Generous interior dimensions, French comfort and an unobstructed view all round...

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The quality padded hood gives the car an elegant line when closed. The double lining, together with perfect rubber seals, ensure exceptionally good isolation from noise and the elements. The hood is easy to use, thanks to just two hand grips. Open or closed; a matter of seconds.

The Supercinq Cabriolet is built in our ultramodern factory near Brussels. Over 150,000 hours of development studies and series production preparation are a guarantee for an excellent product.

Special platforms for the assembly of the body elements ensure amongst other things an exact body geometry alignment.

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The technical details are identical with the original versions of the Supercinq, but for the following extras specific to the Cabriolet.

Safety equipment:

Comfort and Equipment

Weight:

Complete Supercinq Cabrio equipment:

Extras:

Colour choices for:

Available for the complete Supercinq model range. From Campus up to Turbo Cabriolet with 120 bhp.

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EBS Automotive Production NV/SA

MERCURIUSSTRAAT 19 - 1930 ZAVENTEM-ZUID - BELGIUM

TEL. / 17 - FAX +32-2-720-1459



Note also the Renault 25 Estate car also produced by EBS on the right-hand-side of the photo above, outside their factory.

EBS were taken over in about 1992 by a management-buyout, and were renamed

bvba/sprl (Automotive Creations & Technics)

Leuvensesteenweg 456

3071 Kortenberg

Belgium

Tel.

Fax +32-2-757-0638


Conversion Enquiries (1989)

Here is the reply from EBS to an enquiry about converting a 1986 Renault 5GT Turbo into a Cabriolet.


Ref. : GAM/MF/12458.

Zaventem, 7.07.1989.

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your letter dated 28.06, and we appreciate your efforts in finding our address.

We can convert your own GT Turbo so it is not necessary to obtain a new car from us.

Our pricing starts at 8.998 D.M., and it is perhaps necessary to add :

Further optionals available are :

We need around 25 working days for the conversion and can started after the summer holidays from the 17th August.

Thanking you for your interest we remain with best regards.

G.A. MAURISSEN



EBS included this Price List with the above letter.


CUSTOMER PRICE LIST EBS SUPER 5 CABRIO

Germany, May 1989

Standard Equipment:

Guarantee:


Basic and Options, Prices DM


TYPE CAMPUS
euro-norm
CAMPUS
us-norm
TL
euro-norm
TL
us-norm
GTR
euro-norm
GTR
us-norm
AUTOM.
euro-norm
S.D. G.T.D. GTX
us-norm
Exclusiv
euro-norm
GTE
us-norm
GTTurbo
euro-norm
CATALOGUE PRICE
incl. tax
24.152 25.052 25.025 26.124 26.381 26.881 28.681 27.162 28.321 28.081 33.595 32.869 33.369
EXTRAS, BASED ON RENAULT PRICE incl. tax
Metallic paint 561 561 561 561 561 561 561 561 561 561 - 561 561
Metallic pearl-white - - - - - - - 561 561 - - 821 821
Folding rear seat 1/3 - 2/3 - - 417 417 - - - - - - - - -
Equipment packet - - - - 865 865 865 - 865 865 - 865 865
Electric windows, front 455 455 455 455 - - - 455 - - - - -
Electric windows, rear 875 875 875 875 875 875 875 875 875 875 875 875 875
Bumper bars and side strips in car colour 593 593 593 593 593 593 593 593 593 - - - -
Rear view mirror in car colour 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 113 - - - -
Power steering - - - - - - - - 850 - - - -
Aluminium rims - - - - - - - - - 750 - - -
Power hood 1880 1880 1880 1880 1880 1880 1880 1880 1880 1880 1880 1880 1880
Cloth hood (black) 754 754 754 754 754 754 754 754 754 754 754 754 754
Coloured hood (blue / white / red / green / grey / beige) 315 315 315 315 315 315 315 315 315 315 315 315 315
Leather upholstery 2263 2263 2263 2263 2263 2263 2263 2263 2263 2263 2263 2263 2263

Liste de pièces / Onderdelenlijst / Parts Lists / Teile

Catalogue from A. Lutkemeijer, 10th July 1994.

Manual front window winder mechanism, type I

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Item Part Number * Gauche / Droit Links / Rechts Left / Right Links / Rechts
nr. 1 6000068620 / 621 * patin schuifblok sliding block Schiebestück
nr. 2 6000068617 rail rail rail Schiene
nr. 3 6000068459 écrou moer nut Mutter
nr. 4 6000068629 ciseau schaar scissor Schere
nr. 5 6000068618 rondelle ring washer Ring
nr. 6 7700774979 / 980 * mécanisme mechanisme mechanism Mechanismus
nr. 7 7703006106 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 8 6000068046 rondelle ring washer Ring
nr. 9 6000068459 écrou moer nut Mutter
nr. 10 7703006106 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 11 6000068216 / 17 / 18 / 619 ** entretoise wig wedge Keil
nr. 12 6000068454 écrou moer nut Mutter
nr. 13 6000068453 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 14 6000068118 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 15 6000068116 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 16 6000068118 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 17 6000068217 / 16 / 18 / 619 ** entretoise wig wedge Keil
nr. 18 6000068454 écrou moer nut Mutter
nr. 19 6000068453 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 20 6000068614 / 615 * support steun support Stütze
nr. 21 6000068632 ressort veer spring Feder
nr. 22 6000068639 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 23 6000068612 / 613 * patin schuifblok sliding block Schiebestück
nr. 24 6000068118 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 25 6000068118 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 26 6000068081 bloc PU PU blok PU block PU Puffer
nr. 27 6000068068 / 069 * embout sluitstuk closing part Schliesstück
nr. 28 6000068073 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 29 6000068075 / 076 * vitre ruit window Scheibe

6000068216 ** H=21mm 6000068619 ** H=19mm 6000068217 ** H=17mm 6000068218 ** H=18mm

Electric front window winder mechanism

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Item Part Number * Gauche / Droit Links / Rechts Left / Right Links / Rechts
nr. 1 6000068620 / 621 * patin schuifblok sliding block Schiebestück
nr. 2 6000068617 rail rail rail Schiene
nr. 3 6000068459 écrou moer nut Mutter
nr. 4 6000068014 / 015 * ciseau schaar scissor Schere
nr. 5 6000068618 rondelle ring washer Ring
nr. 6 7700774981 / 982 * mécanisme mechanisme mechanism Mechanismus
nr. 7 6000068459 écrou moer nut Mutter
nr. 8 6000068046 rondelle ring washer Ring
nr. 9 6000068459 écrou moer nut Mutter
nr. 10 7703006106 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 11 6000068216 / 17 / 18 / 619 ** entretoise wig wedge Keil
nr. 12 6000068454 écrou moer nut Mutter
nr. 13 6000068453 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 14 6000068118 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 15 6000068116 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 16 6000068118 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 17 6000068217 / 16 / 18 / 619 ** entretoise wig wedge Keil
nr. 18 6000068454 écrou moer nut Mutter
nr. 19 6000068453 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 20 6000068614 / 615 * support steun support Stütze
nr. 21 6000068632 ressort veer spring Feder
nr. 22 6000068639 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 23 6000068812 / 813 * patin schuifblok sliding block Schiebestück
nr. 24 6000068118 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 25 6000068118 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 26 6000068062 bloc PU PU blok PU block PU Puffer
nr. 27 6000068068 / 069 * embout sluitstuk closing part Schliesstück
nr. 28 6000068073 vis bout bolt Schraube

Manual front window winder mechanism, type II

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Item Part Number * Gauche / Droit Links / Rechts Left / Right Links / Rechts
nr. 1 6000068620 / 621 * patin schuifblok sliding block Schiebestück
nr. 2 6000068617 rail rail rail Schiene
nr. 3 6000068459 écrou moer nut Mutter
nr. 4 6000068014 / 015 * ciseau schaar scissor Schere
nr. 5 6000068618 rondelle ring washer Ring
nr. 6 7700774979 / 980 * mécanisme mechanisme mechanism Mechanismus
nr. 7 7703006106 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 8 6000068046 rondelle ring washer Ring
nr. 9 6000068459 écrou moer nut Mutter
nr. 10 7703006106 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 11 6000068812 / 813 * bloc blok block Stück
nr. 12 6000068118 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 13 7703006106 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 14 6000068614 / 615 * support steun support Stütze
nr. 15 6000068453 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 16 6000068454 écrou moer nut Mutter
nr. 17 6000068218 / 217 * entretoise wig wedge Keil
nr. 18 6000068118 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 19 6000068116 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 20 6000068118 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 21 6000068820 / 821 * embout sluitstuk closing part Schliesstück
nr. 22 6000068673 rivet popnagel rivet Klinlnagel
nr. 23 6000068073 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 24 7700756859 / 860 * guidage geleiding guiding Leitung
nr. 25 6000068816 rail rail rail Schiene
nr. 26 6000068081 bloc PU PU blok PU block PU Puffer
nr. 27 6000068732 / 733 * déflecteur dreihoeksruit deflector Dreieckscheibe
nr. 28 7700758074 / 075 * joint afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 29 6000068730 / 731 * vitre de porte deurruit doorglass Türscheibe
nr. 30 7700763224 coulisse geleideprofiel guidingprofile Führungsprofil

Rear window winder mechanism

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Item Part Number * Gauche / Droit Links / Rechts Left / Right Links / Rechts
nr. 1 7703006106 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 2 6000068115 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 3 6000068239 équerre hoekstuk corner-plate Eckstück
nr. 6 6000068898 / 899 * mécanisme mechanisme mechanism Mechanismus
nr. 7 6000068181 caoutchouc rubber rubber Kautschuk
nr. 8 6000068457 écrou moer nut Mutter
nr. 9 6000068126 / 127 * plaque plaat plate Platte
nr. 10 6000068458 rondelle ring washer Ring
nr. 11 6000068643 vis bout bolt Schraube
nr. 12 6000068668 rondelle ring washer Ring
nr. 13 6000068059 rondelle ring washer Ring
nr. 14 6000068459 écrou moer nut Mutter
nr. 15 6000068082 / 083 * vitre ruit window Scheibe

Weather seals, type I

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Item Part Number * Gauche / Droit Links / Rechts Left / Right Links / Rechts
nr. 1 7700758082 joint afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 2 7700763224 joint afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 3 6000068259 / 260 * embout rubber-blok rubber block Gummipuffer
nr. 4 7700730047 leucher afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 5 6000068270 leucher afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 6 6000068246 / 247 * coin hoekstuk cornerpart Eckstück
nr. 7 6000068412 / 413 * coin de porte hoekstuk deur cornerpart door Eckstück Tür
nr. 8 7708754708 joint afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 9 6000068268 leucher afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 10 7700730047 leucher afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 11 6000068331 / 332 * rail rail rail Schiene
nr. 12 6000068524 joint afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 13 6000068330 / 382 * rail rail rail Schiene
nr. 14 6000068350 / 524 joint afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 15 6000068666 joint protection afkantrubber safety-joint Kederband
nr. 16 6000068329 / 344 rail rail rail Schiene
nr. 17 6000068350 joint afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 18 6000068666 joint protection afkantrubber safety-joint Kederband
nr. 19 6000068667 joint mousse sponsrubber sponge-rubber Moosgummi
nr. 20 6000068350 bloc caoutchouc rubberblok rubber-block Gummipuffer
nr. 21 6000068555 / 556 * rail rail rail Schiene
nr. 22 6000068350 joint afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 23 6000068441 / 442 * jet d'eau regengoot raingutter Rinne
nr. 24 6000068068 / 069 embout rubberblok rubber-block Gummipuffer
nr. 25 6000068663 joint afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 26 6000068622 / 623 rail rail rail Schiene
nr. 27 6000068351 / 352 reglette opvulrail filling-rail Füll-Schiene
nr. 28 6000068429 / 430 couvre afdeksel cover Abdeckung
nr. 29 6000068584 / 585 raccord verbindingsstuk joint Verlaufstück

Weather seals, type II

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Item Part Number * Gauche / Droit Links / Rechts Left / Right Links / Rechts
nr. 1 7700758082 joint afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 2 7700763224 joint afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 3 6000068826 / 827 * embout rubberblok rubber-block Gummipuffer
nr. 4 7700730047 leucher afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 5 6000068270 leucher afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 6 6000068830 / 831 * coin hoekstuk cornerpart Eckstück
nr. 7 6000068412 / 413 * coin de porte hoekstuk deur cornerpart door Eckstück Tür
nr. 8 7708754708 joint afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 9 6000068269 leucher afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 10 7700730047 leucher afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 11 6000068331 / 332 * rail rail rail Schiene
nr. 12 6000068524 joint afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 13 6000068330 / 382 * rail rail rail Schiene
nr. 14 6000068350 / 524 joint afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 15 6000068666 joint protection afkantrubber safety-joint Kederband
nr. 16 6000068329 / 344 rail rail rail Schiene
nr. 17 6000068350 joint afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 18 6000068666 joint protection afkantrubber safety-joint Kederband
nr. 19 6000068667 joint mousse sponsrubber sponge-rubber Moosgummi
nr. 20 6000068822 / 823 bloc caoutchouc rubberblok rubber-block Gummipuffer
nr. 21 7700763224 coulisse geleideprofeil guidingprofile Führungsprofil
nr. 22 7700758074 / 075 * joint afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil
nr. 23 6000068429 / 430 couvre afdeksel cover Abdeckung
nr. 24 6000068622 / 623 rail rail rail Schiene
nr. 25 6000068663 joint afdichtprofiel joint Dichtungsprofil

Interior trim

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Item Part Number * Gauche / Droit
Direction Gauche / Droit
Links / Rechts
Links / Rechts stuur
Left / Right
Left / Right steer
Links / Rechts
Links / Rechts Lenkrad
nr. 1 6000068341 / 342 * hab.pas.de roue wielkastbekl. wheelhouse upholstery Radkastenverkl.
nr. 2 6000068145 hab. de coffre kofferbakbekl. trunk upholstery Kofferraumverkl.
nr. 3
6000068144
6000068143 / 515 @
6000068514
6000068512 / 513 @
tapis
noir
cendre
blue
ficelle
vloerbedekking
zwart
grijs
blauw
beige
floorsheet
black
grey
blue
beige
Teppich
schwarz
grau
blau
beige
nr. 4
6000068261 / 262 *
6000068536 / 537 *
6000068534 / 535 *
hab.de coté
cendre
blue
ficelle
zijbekleding
grijs
blauw
beige
quarterp.upholstery
grey
blue
beige
Seitenverkl.
grau
blau
beige
nr. 5
6000068232 / 233 *
6000068532 / 533 *
6000068530 / 531 *
bas de marche
cendre
blue
ficelle
dorpelbekl.
grijs
blauw
beige
doorstep upholstery
grey
blue
beige
Schwellerverkl.
grau
blau
beige
nr. 6 6000068048 vis schroef bolt Schraube
nr. 7 6000068661 rondelle ring washer Ring
nr. 8
6000068249
6000068517
6000068516
hab. de traverse
cendre
blue
ficelle
bovenbalkbekl.
grijs
blauw
beige
header upholstery
grey
blue
beige
Querbalkverkl.
grau
blau
beige
nr. 9 7700614321 clip haakje hook Haken
nr. 10 6000068034 ceinture de se. veiligheidesgo. security belt Sicherheitsgurt
nr. 11 6000068100 / 101 * ceinture de se. veiligheidesgo. security belt Sicherheitsgurt

Body trim parts, type II

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Item Part Number
nr. 1 6000068820 coin sup.de pte bovenhoek deur upper doorprt. Obenteil Tür
nr. 2 6000068821 coin sup.de pte bovenhoek deur upper doorprt. Obenteil Tür
nr. 3 6000068840 pi.sup.pte cof. bovenhoek klep up.pt. trunklid Obenteil Koffertür
nr. 4 6000068828 coin de fermet. afsluitstuk closing part Schliessstück
nr. 5 6000068829 coin de fermet. afsluitstuk closing part Schliessstück
nr. 6 6000068841 pi.sup.coté zijbovenstuk up.quarter pt. Obenteil Seite
nr. 7 6000068842 pi.sup.coté zijbovenstuk up.quarter pt. Obenteil Seite
nr. 8 6000068824 coin ar.de pte achterstuk deur back doorprt. Hintenteil Tür
nr. 9 6000068825 coin ar.de pte achterstuk deur back doorprt. Hintenteil Tür

Hood

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Item Part Number
nr. 1 capote kap top Verdeck
nr. 2 6000068654 cable kabel cable Kabel
nr. 3 6000068652 ressort veer spring Feder
nr. 4 6000068685 embout klem hold Klemme
nr. 5 6000068653 embout klem hold Klemme
nr. 6 6000068674 rivet popnagel rivet Klinknagel
nr. 7 6000068657 pression drukker stud Drücker
nr. 8 6000068150 rivet popnagel rivet Klinknagel
nr. 9 6000068355 matelas deken between-cover Polsterung
nr. 10 6000068358 bandeau band belt Band
nr. 11 6000068357 bandeau band belt Band
nr. 12 6000068359 bande élast. elast. band elastic band Gummiband
nr. 13 6000068360 bande élast. elast. band elastic band Gummiband
nr. 14 6000068670 rivet popnagel rivet Klinknagel
nr. 15 6000068299 mécanisme mechanisme mechanism Mechanismus
nr. 16 6000068356 ciel hemel headliner Himmel
nr. 17 6000068039 tenax (F) tenax (V) tenax (F) Tenax (W)
nr. 18 6000068040 tenax (M) tenax (M) tenax (M) Tenax (M)
nr. 19 6000068138 équilibreur gasveer airspring Luftfeder
nr. 20 7700767358 rotule kogel bullet Kugel

Electrical components

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Item Part Number
nr. 1 6000068110 * ecl. habitacle binnenverlicht interior light Innenbeleuchtung
nr. 2 6000068552 ecl. habitacle binnenverlicht interior light Innenbeleuchtung
nr. 3 6000068111 custodes el. el. achterruiten el.qrt. window el. Hinterscheiben
nr. 4 6000068108 vitres av. el. el. deurruiten el. doorwindows el. Türscheiben
nr. 5 6000068109 capote el. el. kap el. top el. Verdeck
nr. 6 6000068551 ecl. plaque id. nummerpl. verl. id. plate light Nummerschild Bel.
nr. 7 6000068692 interupteur schakelaar switch Schalter
nr. 8 6000068693 interupteur schakelaar switch Schalter
nr. 9 7700725123 ecl. habitacle binnenverlicht interior light Innenbeleuchtung

voor auto's met infra rood afstandsbediening for cars with infra red doorlocking Für PKW's mit infra rot Türverrieglung

Electric hood

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Item Part Number
nr. 1 6000068173 set hydraul. hydraul. set hydraul. set hydraul. Set
nr. 2 6000068141 boulon bout bolt Bolze
nr. 3 6000068457 écrou moer nut Mutter
nr. 4 6000068112 rondelle ring washer Ring
nr. 5 6000068091 rondelle ring washer Ring
nr. 6 6000068689 écrou moer nut Mutter
nr. 7 6000068142 boulon bout bolt Bolze
nr. 8 6000068028 support ophangbak housing Behälter
nr. 9 6000068028 rivet popnagel rivet Klinknagel
nr. 10 6000068123 écrou moer nut Mutter
nr. 11 6000068046 rondelle ring washer Ring
nr. 12 6000068070 amortisseur demprubber silence-block Dämpfgummi
nr. 13 6000068023 amortisseur demprubber silence-block Dämpfgummi
nr. 14 7703074321 passe-tuyeaux doorvoerrubber tube protector Durchführgummi
nr. 15 6000068604 rondelle ring washer Ring

Reviews of the EBS Renault 5 Convertible

Motor magazine, week ending August 6th 1988

Sunshine Desserts

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A converted convertible or ready made rag-top? Kathy O'Driscoll compares the new Peugeot 205 CJ with a Belgian-made Renault 5 Convertible.

When is a Renault not a Renault? When it has been modified by EBS. Ernst Berg Styling, based in Belgium, will convert any three-door Renault 5 into a convertible model. I recently spent a day in the countryside sampling their version of the 5 GT Turbo and also Peugeot's new addition, the 205 CJ cabriolet. Both cars are powered by 1.4-litre engines; however, they differ in price and performance. There is a certain amount of mystery behind the Renault conversion. A prototype first appeard on the Renault stand at Amsterdam's RAI Show in 1988, but EBS were wholly responsible, financially, for the project. In the early stages of development Renault did play a part in the tooling and homologation and Ernst Berg said that they also signed a contract in 1986 to build 10,000 cars. Berg had invested a large sum of money into the venture, but soon after Renault's chairman, Georges Besse, was assassinated, Renault pulled out. Renault say that their action was taken because they were not quite satisfied with the car's quality level when the finished result was examined. The two companies are still in dispute. So EBS are now going it alone. Production of the convertibles began last autumn and about 500 have been built to date. Berg says that they can produce about 1500 cars a year and that 250 - 300 will be available for Britain. At the EBS factory the 'Five' is stripped to the floorpan so that strengthening work can get under way. The front wings are reinforced, the floorpan is double-skinned in several areas, and the rear end restructured to accomodate the hood's fixtures and fittings. In fact, the only original body panels retained are the front wings and bonnet. The doors, all glazing, door casings and rear seats are redesigned components. Bearing this in mind the finished article looks very good. The lined hood fits tightly to the front screen, alleviating wind noise, and when the hood is folded down the car is a real convertible - no quarterlights or roll bar in sight. The screen pillars are braced, however, to provide roll-over protection.

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The Renault 5 GT Turbo is one of the fastest small hatchbacks tested by Motor. Its powerful little engine, boosted by a Garrett T2 turbocharger, produces 120 bhp and 121 lb ft of torque, providing a 0-60 mph time of 7.4 sec. The convertible's extra weight of 58 kg will cut the performance figures slightly, but not drastically. At town speeds I was able to have the full wind-in-the-hair treatment with all the Renault's windows lowered. At higher speeds, raising the electric front windows redirected the wind and the degree of buffeting was acceptable. The turbo model is exhilarating to drive, and the soft-top is an added bonus. Although the driving position suited me, I think tall people might find it uncomfortable. The Renault's brakes cope very well with the car's high performance, and the light gearchange is a pleasure to use. The shell is commendably rigid, with few signs of scuttle shake. I had a nagging doubt though - was this neck-jerking little machine really safe without a tin top or roll bar? There's nothing to worry about - crash testing has proved that the extra bracing makes it 35 to 40 per cent stronger.

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The hood itself is very easy to operate. Simply release two handles by the front screen and gently lower the roof into the boot area. Remarkably, with the hood erect, the Renaut 5 remains a hatchback. However, once the tonneau cover is in place the 'boot' lid barely opens. Access to the load area can only then be achieved by releasing the rear sets. Security-wise, this is not ideal but convertibles aren't noted for their high burglar resistance. The tonneau cover itself is rather lightweight, and probably will not withstand much wear and tear. A small drawback is that there is no parcel shelf, therefore road noise is more apparent. Spare parts will be available, through Radbourne Racing if, for instance, the roof is vandalised.
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The car's interior has been neatly reconstructed and new sections match up very well with the old. The only slight flaw is that the carpet is manufactured for left-hand-drive models - the tell-tale sign is the driver's heel pad on the passenger's side. This is easily concealed, however, with a set of mats. Now down to the nitty gritty. The conversion will cost around £3300 plus VAT - the actual price depending on personal requirements. EBS have made contacts throughout Europe, and Radbourne Racing, of Wimbledon, South London (), are the main link in the UK.

Although Berg say that details are available through all Renault dealers in the UK that still does not make it an official Renault model. The fact is that EBS has had brochures sent out to showrooms, though Renault UK are not involved. I spoke to two dealers. One referred me to Radbourne Racing, and the other said that the car was nothing to do with Renault and that the work would cancel out the warranty.

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So, Radbourne Racing are the people to contact. If the car is purchased new from them they provide one year's warranty on mechanical components and a year's cover for the paintwork. On the other hand, if you present them with your six-month-old car they will only cover the roof mechanism and paintwork, and the Renault warranty becomes invalid. They will, however, advise you to take out a used car warranty with them. Radbourne Racing will ship your car out to the EBS factory in Belgium for major surgery, and they say it can be returned within four to five weeks.


Meanwhile, The Peugeot lion has added another cub to its litter. Back in 1986, Peugeot introduced a special edition 1-litre 205 to the UK market. Called the Junior, its originality lay in its white exterior and colourful interior. In 1987, this model became a fully-fledged member of the 205 family. Now Peugeot have introduced the new 205 CJ cabriolet to their range, which neatly fills the gap for a slightly cheaper soft-top left by demise of the Talbot Samba Cabriolet. Our test car was supplied courtesy of Peugeot dealers, McKinnons of Wallington. The £8595 CJ has the bodyshell of the faster CTi and the trimmings of the Junior - ivory white paintwork with stripes down the sides, colour-keyed wheel trims, plus a black soft top and roll bar. As with the 205 CTi, the CJ's conversion is carried out by Pininfarino of Turin. The Cabriolet's body is put together on a robotised production line and, once painted and trimmed, returns to Peugeot's Mulhouse plant for the mechanical components to be assembled. The floorpan is substantially strengthened and box sections are inserted under the front seats and in the front of the fuel tank. Also, the windscreen frame is reinforced with steel tubes. The 205 CJ is powered by Peugeot's 1360 cc TU engine (as used in Citroën's AX) producing 70 bhp and 82 lb ft of torque. It is very smooth running, and with the hood up, very quiet indeed. It's a vast improvement over the tappety Douvrin engine previously used in the smaller-capacity 205s, some Citroëns and the Talbot Samba. The interior has denim-style upholstery and door trims, with multi-coloured stitching, and is not really to my taste. However, it's something I could live with in order to have affordable soft-top motoring. The updated facia is a success, much better than the previous design in Motor's ex-fleet 205 CTi. It looks much neater, and the stalks on the steering column have much sturdier feel. Also, the improved heating and ventilation controls look, and are, easier to operate. The 205 CJ cabriolet's hood is very easy to raise or lower. The 205 and EBS conversion have similar release mechanisms, but the Peugeot has a safety button on each handle which must be depressed. Then the hood simply folds back on to the parcel shelf, though as it is being lowered, one must check that its plastic rear window is not kinked. The high-quality tonneau cover cleverly secures under the hood edge so that there are ony a few poppers either side to fiddle with. With the hood down, the 205's front quarterlights help direct the wind away from the occupants, and the roll bar adds a certain amount of shelter. When closing the hood, the Peugeot has small hydraulic struts for the up-and-over action. Wind noise is very low with the hood up (quieter than the EBS car) although I experienced an annoying road rumble from the front of the 205 CJ that I drove, which was not evident on Motor's CTi. The position of the roof-top aerial can often cause a whistling sound in the wind. On the open roads the CJ is very impressive. The engine's performance is nippy, the gearchange light and positive (though first was sometimes notchy, probably due to its newness) and the brakes work very well. The CJ's suspension, although identical to the CTi's, has softer settings resulting in a more comfortable ride. Also, lateral scuttle shake which the CTi experiences seems less apparent on this model. My ideal 205 cabriolet would comprise the CTi's powerful engine and throttle response with the CJ's lighter steering and softer ride. Again, it would be nice to have the 1.9-litre engine under the bonnet.

THE DECISION Comparing the Pininfarina conversion with that of EBS, you can see a difference in quality. The EBS conversion is good, very good, but the Peugeot's finish is better. For instance, the Renault's doors shut with a clang, the rear windows are difficult to close - they're reluctant to line up with the surrounding seals - and the rubber seals around the windows need improving. Admittedly the latter problems can be rectified by EBS. Structurally, however, the EBS conversion does conquer lateral scuttle shake more effectively (although it is not a major problem on either car) despite lacking a roll hoop. At the end, though, it comes down to styling. If you prefer the shape of the 'Five' then you will be prepared to spend £12,575 on a converted Renault 5 GT Turbo rather than saving £1330 and buying a 205 CTi. Lower down the price range, the CJ's price of £8495 is closest to an EBS-converted Renault 5 Campus, which would cost £8615. However, the Renault Campus is only an 1100 cc version, and its original price of £4820 would have almost doubled. Both cars I drove offered lots of topless fun, but my personal taste would lead my purse to the 205 cabriolet.

Auto Bild magazine, 5th April 1988

Comparison - Ford Escort XR3i, Opel Kadett 1.6i, Peugeot 205 CTI, Renault 5 GTE, VW Golf

Renault shows the way - it is also possible without a 'pram handle'

The most popular cabriolets in Germany are 'prams': Peugeot 205, Ford Escort, Opel Kadett and VW Golf have gained this disrespectful nickname through their massive roll-bars. The R 5 rolls fresh and completely topless into the arena.

More enjoyment without a roll-bar?

Driving an open car is like a virus - especially when the weather plays along. The wind whistles around the ears, the sun tickles the skin, the feeling barometer rockets up wildly.

References

Note: much of the text and images were copied from http://www.289cobra.com/5gtturbo.html, which now (as of March 2010) appears to be offline.

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