Modified Renault Clio 172
Luke Ward’s modified Renault Clio 172
It takes a brave man to snap up a car that’s suffered from cambelt failure. Especially when the car in question is renowned for being as nippy, agile and fun as a squirrel on disco biscuits. A car that no matter who’s owned it before has undoubtedly been given a good seeing to on a regular basis.
So, when 24-year-old Luke Ward spotted this early -2000 plate 172, at a breakers yard near him, he just had to find out the reason it was about to be weighed in. “Valves had met pistons in pretty much the most catastrophic way and rather than foot the bill the insurance company had decided not to pay out,” says Luke.
With second-hand prices for such a capable hot hatch currently at crazy levels, compared to equivalent Type Rs and GTis (it’s not unusual to find 53-plates with 70k going for around £2,500-£3,000), understandably the owner’s insurance company decided it’d be easier to write it off than foot the costly engine rebuild.