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Keeper 182 Project


ClioSport Club Member
  Clio 182
Hi All,

14 years after joining the forum for the first time I find myself back into Clio 182 ownership & my new project – Clio 182.

A little background on my cars, my first Clio was aged 17 when I picked up a Phase 1 172 reg no W872 VOO. After 6 or so months moved into a 182 Cup LT05 LWS which I loved and for me left a mark as ‘the’ car I would love to own again.

Since the Clio’s ive had a pretty varied history from Nissan s14a’s to plenty of E46’s, EP3 Type R and more recently a Catherham Seven 310S.

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Since then the need for more practicality has settled me onto a W204 C63 Estate

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Ive always had the urge to get back into a Clio 182 for good however. For me it was the car that started it all and over the past few years and with prices increasing I knew if I didn’t act soon I would have to accept the opportunity had passed. I didn’t want to buy one completed so instead was looking for a project car and managed to find the car on Copart of all places!

The car is a Clio 182 with both cup packs (I think) 05 plate with 2 owners from new and 83k miles. The car is HPI clear but had outstanding finance on it when I purchased it so I presume it was repo’d as it also had no keys and was locked.

It had its last MOT in 2018 and since then had basically sat in a field, as you will see going pretty mouldy! Heres the Copart pics from the listing:

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And the best bit… check out the mould on the steering wheel…!! Ive never seen mould in a car this bad!

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After a 2 week wait the car was delivered, some pics on arrival to my house

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Also a nice surprise in that the car has a Scorpion RS cat back exhaust which in truth would have been the exhaust I would have chosen anyway :

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And then after literally an hour and a half of jetwashing I managed to get the car into the garage looking substantially cleaner than before!

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Some more updates to come but the plan initially is to disinfect and clean thoroughly. Then get a key made up and see what condition the car is in mechanically. I'll get into my plan for the car long term in the next update but for now, thanks for reading, look forward to getting back into the forum 😊