Back in 2006 when the 24 Hours of LeMons first launched the world’s craziest racing series, you could actually buy a running car for $500. It wasn’t easy and you didn’t have your pick of the best stuff around, but for 500 smackeroos you could get something that just needed a roll cage and some new wheels to make it to the race track. But inflation marches ever forward…and Cash for Clunkers decimated the population of really cheap stuff on craigslist. Add the fact that anybody can get “cheap” loan money combined with the effect of un-ending random stimulus checks from multiple economic crises, the same amount of cash won’t buy you much. Today, the $500 on craigslist costs $2000, but every once in a full moon, you find something with frozen rear brakes, bald tires, dead battery, and various other problems for under that magical, mythical, and arbitrary $500 price. Time to go racing. Find this 1985 Renault Fuego offered for $500 in Binghamton, NY (or PA?) via craigslist. Tip from ME.
I was wandering through a middle American neighborhood the other day and I passed by a parked Saturn L-something sitting in a driveway. It was in decent shape and the owner probably bought it new and it got me wondering — what would the nicest Saturn L300 (for instance) be worth on the open market today? And would anyone want one at any price? This opened the bigger question as to the market for nice versions of terrible cars (see the Terdcel from the other day), and then this next time came through…and I couldn’t help but feature what is probably the nicest Fuego that isn’t en fuego. Find this 1985 Renault Fuego offered for $9000 in Killingworth, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
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 […]
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 […]
The engineers at Renault may have been may not have been joking when they chose the Spanish word for “fire” when naming the R17 successor…but it certainly is funny in hindsight. Regardless, the Fuego was built by Renualt from 1980 to 1986, sold in the US through AMC dealers and featured such innovations as the […]
The Fuego was built by Renualt from 1980 to 1986, sold in the US through AMC dealers and featured such innovations as the world’s first keyless remote system and steering wheel mounted stereo controls. The Fuego was named for the Spanish word for fire (cue 10,000 French car on fire jokes) and bares some resemblance […]
The British satirist and Tolkien-spoof author Terry Pratchett once wrote: “Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.” The engineers at Renault may have been may not have been joking when they chose the Spanish word […]