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LaLD Car Week French/Free Friday 1:18 Renault Clio V6 by Universal Hobbies

This is my Pinnacle Piece. If a genie in a bottle offered me 3 wishes, I would ask for World Peace, a long healthy life, and a Renault Clio V6 Phase 1. This is my most favorite vehicle on this rock we call earth.

I purchased this 1:18 on eBay a long time ago. Back when it seemed like nobody knew about this car and nobody cared. I can’t remember the exact price but it was less than $20 + $10-ish for shipping. For the price, I wasn’t expecting much. I never had a Universal Hobbies Diecast before. But, I was blinded by love because... Renault Clio V6 <3

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Universal Hobbies did a fantastic job with this cast. The level of detail is not quite on par with Auto Art. But, much love and care was put into the manufacturing of this 1:18. The two negatives that I can point out about this model are: The underside doesn’t have much detail and the driver’s side windshield wiper does not stay pinned to the glass. It sticks up slightly and I don’t dare try to fix it. Now, with the negatives out of the way, let’s admire this magnificent hatchback.

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Front grille details are crisp and clean. Everything looks exactly like the 1:1. Trunk, doors, and hatch all open. Steering is fully functional and remarkably solid and responsive.

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Take a peek under the hood and uhhhh... Wait, where is the engine? We’ll get to that later. This is the trunk. It looks like there is only room in there for about 3 bags of groceries. Who cares! This is a hatchback to have fun with. We don’t need practicality.

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Doors open and close with amazing precision. I love the two-tone details and the indentations on the panel to show where it would be fastened on a 1:1.

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Dashboard has terrific detail. Sport pedals, proper manual shifter, speedometer that goes up to a billion Kph. Steering wheel turns with the front wheels. Awesome.

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Nicely detailed Renault Sport seats. Pardon the dust... cleaning the interior is nearly impossible to do perfectly. I’ve had this on my desk to admire for years.

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I’m petrified this antenna will break off someday!

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As you probably noticed, there’s air intakes on the sides of this beast. Well, the engine needs air to breathe and Renault went totally bonkers with this car. They stuffed a powerful 3.0 V6 engine in the back.

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(might be able to fit 1 or two small bags of groceries back there)

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The glorious V6 belches out of two subtle pew-pew tubes just below the bumper. Universal hobbies did not give the exhaust or engine much detail underneath the vehicle. The car originally was mounted on a plastic base. I liberated it from the base almost immediately.

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Thanks for looking. I doubt I will ever be able to afford a 1:1 version of the Clio V6. But, someday when a few of these get shipped over to the U.S. I will have to find a collector and become best friends. I adore everything about this amazing car.

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