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Renault 5 R5 1972 - 1985 T-Shirt - Long Sleeves - Side View

Product Code: RNLT_5_S1_LS_BLK_S
$26.90

Renault 5 R5 1972 - 1985 Long Sleeve T-Shirt

The Renault 5 was styled by Michel Boué, who designed the car in his spare time, outside of his normal duties, just for the fun. When Renault executives learned of Boué's work, they were so impressed by his concept they immediately authorized a formal development programme. Unfortunately, Michel Boué died of cancer in 1971, just months before the car he designed was launched. The R5 featured a steeply sloping rear hatchback. It was one of the first modern superminis, which capitalised on the new hatchback design, which Renault had patented on its R16, launched in 1965. The R5 was launched three years before the Volkswagen Polo and four years before the Ford Fiesta - new superminis which met the growing demand for this type of car in Western Europe. Although the mechanical components came from earlier models, body construction involved floor sections welded together with the other body panels, resulting in a monocoque structure. The approach had by then become mainstream among many European automakers. The monocoque structure reduced the car's weight, but required investment in new production processes. The early production R5 used a dashboard-mounted gearshift, linked by a rod which ran over the top of the engine to a single bend where the rod turned downwards and linked into the gearbox, which was positioned directly in front of the engine. A floor-mounted lever employing a cable linkage replaced this arrangement in 1973. An automatic version, with the larger 1,289 cc engine, was added in early 1978. At the time, the automatic usually represented just under five percent of overall Renault 5 production. Door handles were formed by a cut-out in the door panel and B-pillar. The R5 was one of the first cars produced with plastic (polyester and fiberglass). These covered a larger area of potential contact than conventional car bumpers of the time and survived low speed parking shunts without permanently distorting. This helped the car gain a reputation as an "outstanding city car", and bumpers of this type subsequently became an industry standard. The passenger compartment "is remarkably spacious" in comparison to other modern, small European cars. The Renault 5 body's drag coefficient was only 0.37 (with most European cars going up to 0.45). A five-door R5 was added to the range in 1979, making it one of the first cars of its size to feature four passenger doors.

A game of subtle lights and shadows reveal the magnificent curves of the body of the Renault 5 R5 1972 - 1985, a Legendary French Automobile. Detailed and harmonious, the artistic illustration has grabbed the essence of one of the most influential vehicle of the 20th century and is printed in front of the tee. Refine and stylish, it is a perfect wear for any occasion and to show your passion for a true Legend that lives forever: the Renault 5 R5 1972 - 1985 Long Sleeve T-Shirt.


The featured original artwork has been printed on a high quality 6.0 oz 100% pre-shrunk cotton t-shirt.
Seamless double needle collar - sleeve & bottom hems.
It is available in Black, Charcoal, Indigo, Forest Green, Navy & Military Green in size S - M - L - XL - 2XL - 3XL


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