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Newbies / Re: Message for Newbies !!
« on: 05:50, Tue 19 December 2017 »
Hi all. I live is Sri Lanka and sort of a collector. Classic car scene here is a tough one because the regulations don't allow importation of old vehicles. The general interest in classic cars have picked up in the last 5 years or so, so they are becoming increasingly costly to acquire.

My life with Renault 5 GT Turbos go back over 25 years - I was one of 5 people that imported 5 GTTs to Sri Lanka. Yes, you understood right. In all, there are only 5 cars in the country. I imported mine from the UK in the early 1990 - it was a tungy. In addition, at the time, there was a black, a red, and a blue. All Phase 2. In addition, there was a white Phase 1. Following the arrival of my son, I had to part with my 5 in 2000, and regretted it ever since. The good news is that I'm now friends with the current owner who has cares deeply for the car. Anyway, to make a long story short, I bought the red car about two years ago - in a project state. It sat in my garage till a month or so ago since I was progressively collecting all the parts I require. It is now in a work shop and the tinkering work has started. I've imported pretty much everything from and engine and transmission to fenders, a dashboard, interior trim, bonnet, etc. The list in endless.

Among other cars I own, is a 205 GTI 1.9 - Sri Lanka's only 1.9. There are two other GTIs, which are 1.6s. That too was a project when I bought, and went through a patient and painstaking restoration. Its worth every minute and penny because it is an absolutely joy to drive. But of course, I miss the punch if the GT turbo and I can't wait to get behind the wheel.

Shall keep the forum posted on my progress.

Thank you. 

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