We photographed this Renault 5 GTL Lauréate behind a busy industrial zone. First-gen Renaut 5s are few and far between, but the Lauréate model is particularly noteworthy because it was only offered in 1984 to mark the car’s final year on the market
Billed as an entry-level alternative to the then-new Super 5, the 5 Lauréate was packed full to the brim with standard equipment including so-called petal seats, a center console with a slot for the radio, a heated rear windscreen and a digital clock. Outside, the cars were recognizable thanks to edition-specific decals on the C-pillars, the hatch and the hood. All Lauréate models featured a body-colored upper grille and came with 13-inch Fergat-style steel wheels.
Well-equipped, the GTL Lauréate cost 46,500 francs in November of 1984, about 2,000 more than a Spartan, base-model Super 5 L. For folks who were willing to overlook the 5’s aging design in exchange for creature comforts, the Lauréate was an unbeatable deal.
This particular example has visibly spent a long time in the sun most of the Lauréate-specific decals have flaked away, though both front fenders have either been replaced or recently repainted. The plates were issued in 1985, meaning it was either a company car or it took a while to sell. Either way, this is one of the very last 5s ever built.