The Car: 1983 Renault R5 LeCar

The Renault 5, aka “Le Car,” was a popular hatchback in Europe during the 1970s and 1980s. Because, you know, Europeans love nothing more than cramped spaces, awkward designs and walking to their destination. The 5 was known for its tendency to break down at the slightest hint of trouble, and its unique styling that makes it look like a rejected concept car from a rejected designer with a rejected name. Find this 1983 Renault R5 LeCar offered for $11,999 in Murrieta, CA via craigslist.

This 1983 Renault 5 LE is in decent condition, which is surprising given how flimsy the car was built. The exterior is painted in a classic gold color that’s in decent shape, and the interior is reasonably clean, with original Renault cloth seats and door panels that haven’t yet completely disintegrated. The car is powered by a 1.4L inline-four engine that provides a decent amount of power, assuming it starts.

From the seller:

1983 Renault le car
fuel: gas
odometer: 22000
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
1983 Renault le car
One owner car (has original title)
22k miles all original
Runs and drives excellent
0 rust anywhere
Body is super straight
Clean ORIGINAL title in hand
Tags up to date
Might be interested in trades no bikes

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