Something Rotten In Denmark: 1987 Renault 25

Time and again I come across quite rare cars being sold with blinding ineptitude. Here’s one photo the job of which is to convince someone to part with €4691. 

1987 Renault 25
1987 Renault 25

The dealer has revealed the car has driven 120,00 miles but nothing else at all. So, you’ll need to ring them to find out more. It looks to be in good condition but who knows if the photo is old or new and from this distance there might be some nasty surprises waiting. There are even worse examples of dealer carelessness. The Renault 25 might be rare but it is not a thoroughbred.

Here is dealer asking €17,500 for a car they can’t even identify. Such is their apathy they have not deigned to move the car out of the garage. Notice the nice reflections in the glass on the third image.

1983 Maserati Biturbo convertible or whatever:
1983 Maserati Biturbo convertible or whatever:

This photo is deliciously bad as well.

Some red car:
Some red car:

Somehow it did not convey quite enough information so another one was added. Now you are convinced this is the car for you…

Perfect photography from the school of Land-Windermere, no?:
Perfect photography from the school of Land-Windermere, no?:

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

9 thoughts on “Something Rotten In Denmark: 1987 Renault 25”

  1. A pre-facelift 25 – nice! And a great colour, too.
    Does it have an accident damage, or why is the front cut off?

    1. The photographer was either playing with conventions or not very talented.
      I go looking for rare vehicles at these sites; bearing that in mind a surprising number show the same errors. This one is unusually cretinous.

  2. Just like the seller of the Maserati can’t tell the difference between a Biturbo and a Quattroporte, the seller of the R25 is unsure whether his is a 2,2l TX or 2,5l V6 Turbo (clearly the latter).

    1. It’s a really nice vehicle. I’ve driven a 2.0 litre and can report approvingly of its character. Like almost all the oberklasse cars from the period, it’s under-rated. Looking on the skeptical side, what would you put at the bottom of the 1987 heap? I vote the Rover Sterling.

    2. My only experience of the R25 was as a passenger, and it felt very pleasant.
      I couldn’t comment on the Rover 800/Sterling, and I can’t think of any dog around that time. There was the Fiat Croma, but it wasn’t pitched against the other European makers range-toppers, despite being closely related with the Lancia Thema/Saab 9000.
      Even the Ford Scorpio/Granada seemed like an interesting proposition back then (one the first to be offered with ABS as standard if I remember correctly).

  3. Just as it seems odd that so many London taxi drivers are poor and uninvolved drivers, so is it odd that so many people in the motor trade don’t seem to know how to sell. Taking a straight photo and not having a guy in the driver’s seat who looks like he’s just hot-wired it seem basics. Whenever I’ve searched for cars in Autotrader or, if I see blurred photos, or if, say, a picture of the interior is missing, I assume the worst and don’t bother going further.

    17,500 Euros, even for a relatively low-mileage Biturbo, is a lot of money to spend. I certainly wouldn’t spend it with them. The scrawled out numberplate makes it all look even more iffy.

    1. Why do people remove license plates? Does it matter?
      The Biturbo price is absurd. You can imagine it´s a nest of horrors. I can imagine an impressionable young drug dealer setting his eyes on it as evidence of his transition to the bigger time: a district-wide player and not just stooge for Kim and Frank (now both in rehabilitation with knee injuries).

    2. It’s not unreasonable to think better of car dealers who actually know about cars. Even basic things like spelling show this. There is a strange car I’ve come across in dealer’s small ads, more than once, called an Alpha Romeo. That might just be someone new in telesales, but I’m not sure. Discussing cars with main dealers, you come across informed people from time to time, but more often people who would be just as happy selling mattresses.

  4. Alpha Romeos are great if you can find one. They rarely come up for sale. They resemble Alfa Romeos and are easily confused. The similarity of name was subject to a long legal wrangle, still unresolved.

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