Racing Blue R27#312

Discussion in 'R27 Register' started by ///M, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. ///M

    ///M Gold Member

    R27, ///M CS, Exige V6
    This is Mrs M's RB R27.

    A bit of background... She's not had a car for 10 years + and was convinced that she didn't need one living in the city. Then a friend gave her an old beat up Polo for a few months and she realised straight away she liked having it. I've been trying to persuade her to buy a Clio for quite some time and this finally tipped her over the edge. Originally she wanted a 182 Trophy but I eventually convinced her a 197 was a better car overall and a better fit with her.

    That hurdle vaulted, it was time to get an idea of what spec she wanted.

    "I'd like an R27 in Racing Blue please..."

    Great. 34 to choose from. That's not going to be easy...

    A long a fruitless search ensued and I'd tried everything. Honestly, everything. Even messaging everyone I could find online who owned one to see if they would sell. One guy was interested but the mileage was too high. I'd pretty much given up hope and we'd actually been and looked at Nimbus and Albi R27s as an alternative but one afternoon an RB one appears on Gumtree. I was so on it the owner said I'd messaged him within three minutes of the advert going live. On the drive over I'm trying to keep her feet on the ground, "just prepare yourself, it might be a mess don't get too excited" but it was clear in her head she was already having it!

    Thankfully, the car was an absolute credit to the owner who was a genuine top bloke. Serviced ahead of time every time, loads of extra maintenance, brand new OEM brakes, not a single mark on it anywhere inside or out. The only downers was a badly repaired driver's Recaro, lots of swirls in the paintwork and a touch higher mileage than we were hoping for at 50k. But it was clear the car had been very well looked after and treated respectfully. We pretty much knew when we left we were having it but best to get it checked over. As luck would have it there was a Renault specialist around the corner and it got a full inspection. "Absolutely fantastic car mate, I'd be buying it myself if I'd seen it"

    Good enough for me.

    So Mrs M drives home in a gorgeous R27 and I'm lucky enough to drive home in the knackered Polo. :smile: A few months in now and we both absolutely love it. I knew they were great fun cars but it's much more so than I was expecting.

    This thread won't see much action if Mrs M gets her way. She's adamant it should stay standard. If it was up to me it would be quite different. Let's see if I can persuade her... At the very least there will be a projector upgrade, a retrim of the seat (if I get my way it will be a full leather and alcantara job) and a pro detail plus keeping on top maintenance obviously.

    I've taken a load of photos of it but my phone died and I can't get at them until it's fixed, so here are a couple of wallpapers I did for her for now. Only phone shots again I'm afraid.

    Cheers folks.



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  2. DS197

    DS197 POTM Winner - June 2017 Paid Member

    Clio 197
    Lovely car mate, and the colour is spot on too. Hoping to see some more updates though hopefully :thumbsup:
  3. X85RSFrank


    Nimbus 197 FF
    Dedication to finding the right spec! Spot on! :smile:
  4. Pav

    Pav Moderator

    albi blue 197 with boost
    good looking car..i believe that the car won't stay standard for too long :d
    projectors would be a great update and it would change the look of it to better..
    just the weather could be better to enjoy her a lot more :rain:
  5. ///M

    ///M Gold Member

    R27, ///M CS, Exige V6
    @DS197 taa mate, I'll continue to do my best with the updates situation! :thumbup1:

    @X85RSFrank just a bit of extra effort and her knowing what she wanted mate. Well worth holding out for!

    @Pav Cheers Pav, projectors are definitely happening. The standard ones are pants! And yeah, so is the weather but we got plenty of fun days out before it turned :thumbup1:
  6. Pav

    Pav Moderator

    albi blue 197 with boost
    keep us posted..
  7. Chris

    Chris Bad cop Administrator

    Nice read up, 3 minutes, lmao! Bet that was the easiest sale the guys ever made!

    Keep us updated, and of course if you get modding (well aloud too) dont be afraid to start a project thread!
  8. ///M

    ///M Gold Member

    R27, ///M CS, Exige V6
    [MENTION=29138]Chris91[/MENTION] :smiley: I think I'd driven myself quite mental due to constantly refreshing Pistonheads, AutoTrader, Gumtree, Ebay etc. every few minutes. I actually felt a little lost once it was all over!

    I'd love to be able to start a project thread but Mrs. M seems to have other ideas. We'll see...
  9. nutnutwelshman

    nutnutwelshman Spa-tacus Area Rep

    Great colour looks nice and original for now hope you're dear Lady enjoy's it
  10. ///M

    ///M Gold Member

    R27, ///M CS, Exige V6
    Thanks mate. She absolutely loves it, and so do I!

    (Love your sig pic by the way!)
  11. Yiannis197

    Yiannis197 Paid Member

    Clio R27
    Excellent story here. Well done Mes, lovely car mate:smile:
  12. ///M

    ///M Gold Member

    R27, ///M CS, Exige V6
    [MENTION=2045]Yiannis197[/MENTION] cheers fella. She's done pretty well for sure.

    Would be nicer with some AST, Akrapovic, carbon aero / diffuser and a carbon airbox though...

    I need to keep reminding myself it's not my car!
  13. -Eddie-

    -Eddie- Missing In Action Paid Member

    200 Cup
  14. Yiannis197

    Yiannis197 Paid Member

    Clio R27
    hahahaha excellent list there:smile:
  15. Jimmy

    Jimmy Good cop Administrator

    Really nice car, and I like those wallpapers! Maybe we'll get to see the car on one of the Yorkshire runs in the new year :smile:
  16. ///M

    ///M Gold Member

    R27, ///M CS, Exige V6
    Taa mate!
  17. ///M

    ///M Gold Member

    R27, ///M CS, Exige V6
    Cheers Jimmy, and I fancy a few runs out next year mate. I'll keep a look out :thumbup1:
  18. Adam93


    Nantwich, Cheshire
    Mini GP2 R56 - looking to buy R27 in 2018. Previous Nimbus 197 Cup
    Apologies at reviving an old thread, will this be for sale in the new year ?

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