The iconic Renault 5 celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. An anniversary that deserves to be celebrated, not only to pay tribute to this example that will have marked the soul, but also to prepare a good one. Because let’s not forget, the electric R5 will soon join the Renault lineup, from the horizon of 2024. The model of the Electric R5 signed by Gilles Vidal and revealed in early 2021 has already made many nostalgic mouths water.
How about the Renault 5 Diamant show car? Renault wanted to call on the interior designer, Frenchman Pierre Gonalons, to create this model. This combination between the worlds of interior furniture and the car results in the revised R5, which one might imagine escaped from a Michel Gondry film.
What strikes first is the color of the body. It is a three-layer paint, with gold color on a pink base, covered with preserved varnish. For a very successful presentation… This model received wide wheels from the R5 Alpine, fully clad in two-tone rims and a sunburst from the world of Pierre Gonalons. The headlights and taillights are taken out of the body, redesigned and encrusted with precious stones.
These arrangements were made by a company specializing in show cars Innovation and Solutions. With the restored marble steering wheel, the company Minéral Expertise managed this amazing feature. Another rare material in the car: horse hair, used for the dashboard.
So many craftsmen have participated in the creation of this unique car, such as the Bertin-Aubert workshops in Paris in charge of gold production.
This R5 Diamant is electric, but Renault doesn’t show any features. This is an R5 that has benefited from a refund, with equipment fitted by the company R-Fit.
From 1972 to 1984, 5 million Renaults rolled off the production line. The figures should be more measured for the future of the Lightning R5, although we can hope for attractive prices. This will definitely take over from ZOE…