This next car comes as a tip from Johnny Bouncewell who writes: This state is full of strange old cars that don’t rust away but instead get fried by the sun. This one would take a serious Francophile to restore but hey, how many French five door wagons are still out there with the proper gearbox? Find this 1985 Peugeot 505S Wagon offered for $2,000 in Los Lunas, NM via craigslist.
The Citroën (Citroen if you prefer) Traction Avant was launched in 1934 with a crazy independent torsion bar front suspension, unibody construction, hydraulic engine mounts, and a revolutionary alloy transaxle to allow power from the longitudinal engine to be pushed through the front wheels…ergo traction avant!! But 1950 was a long time ago…and this Citreon is now traction derrière and powered by a Oldsmobile V8 pushing power to a stick beam rear end. Sacré bleu cheese!!! Find this 1950 Citroën 15C9 Custom offered for $18,000 or make-offer in Glendale, CA via eBay.
The Fuego was built by Renault from 1980 to 1986, sold in the US through AMC dealers and featured such innovations as the world’s first keyless remote system…which is funny because this next Fuego is being offered sans keys. And it’s on a trailer….but at least the listed price is low and this appears to […]
The Renault R8 (later just called the 8) was a small sedan for the common man launched in 1962 with boxy styling and a chassis based on the curvy Dauphine platform. The R8 used a Beetle style rear engine / rear drive setup and was slow in stock trim, but Renault released a Gordini version […]
Few cars elicit the same degree of guffawed snickers as a French built car sold in AMC dealers with the Spanish name for fire. Yeah. The one car that is more Rodney Dangerfield than even Pontiac’s Fiero…the Renault Fuego. It is a car that was loved by a few, misunderstood by many, and is all […]
In the world of low volume ’50s roadsters, there are oddballs and then there are complete bizarro world lunatics. This is the narwhal in the room…the twin tusked unicorn that was designed by French car builder Panhard to be sold into the US market — think of it like a poor man’s version of a […]
This next car…errr…two wheeler…comes from tipper Brad who writes: I thought you might dig this very interesting (presumably rare) little motorbike—although I cannot recall whether you are a cars-only outlet…This old cycle definitely deserves the label survivor, esp. considering it was produced in Europe just as WW2 was getting underway. It seems like all the […]
Conventional wisdom would suggest that the middle of a global pandemic is a bad time to start a business…but that same wisdom would have told Bill Gates to get a job at Radio Shack or Howard Hughes to become a journeyman aircraft mechanic…so I’m going to throw convention into the wind like an empty toilet […]
You used to hear a lot of chatter from car guys over here in the New World about how the Europeans always keep the best stuff to themselves. Everything from higher horsepower M3s to special Evolution editions of Cossie powered Mercedes was the stuff of legend back in the day…but globalization changed much of that […]
I hate to be the guy who pooh-poohs all the good ideas around here…but buying a 30 year old Citroen is sorta like buying a private jet. Its not intrinsically a bad idea…its just that the consequences are less than desirable. Sure, its nice to brag to your friends about your new toy, but maintenance […]