Allow DT to enlighten you with the wonders of the Renault R10, a petite French masterpiece that effortlessly imitated the iconic Beetle design, complete with a 4-cylinder 1100cc engine chilling out at the back on a rear swing-axle. Believe it or not, the R8/10 clan proudly boasted about being pioneers of 4-wheel disc brakes in […]
When was the last time you saw a Renault 4? Unless you are one of the few hundred kooks who owns one of these things in the States, you probably have never seen a Renault 4 in the wild, but I wouldn’t mind adding this one to my stable. Find this 1989 Renault 4 offered […]
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 […]
When was the last time you saw a Renault 4 in this nice condition? Okay, let’s try that again, when was the last time you saw a Renault 4? Unless you are one of the few hundred (or thousand?) kooks who owns one of these things in the States, you probably have never seen a […]
sporty version of the Alliance called the GTA. Think about it — Boys of the Hood — just look at that hood, it is the flattest, most gangsta hood I’ve ever seen. And the lyricist even talks about his friend trying to steal his Alpine, which was the Renault Alpine GTA — a totally different car, but it all makes sense if you look at it from a 10,000 ft view. Find this 1987 Renault GTA Convertible offered for $3,800 in Sioux Falls, SD. Tip from Rock On!
The Renault R10 was a small French family sedan that offered a surprisingly Beetle-like architecture with a small 1100cc engine riding out behind the rear swing-axle. The R8/10 family was allegedly one of the first 4-door family cars to offer 4-wheel disc brakes but that won’t impress the average person because they won’t have any idea what this thing is, but French car lovers will know. Find this 1970 Renault R10 offered for $6000 in Virden, NM via craigslist.
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.
The Renault R10 was a small French family sedan that offered a surprisingly Beetle-like architecture (1100cc rear-engine riding on a swing-axle). But today’s example has been electrified…and apparently the electrification work was done way back in the 1960s when gas was cheap and nobody knew who Elon Musk was. It was a simple time. Find this 1968 Mars II offered for $5500 in Junction City, OR via craigslist. Tip from Evan.
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 Renault Alliance was the result of an alliance between Renault and AMC, which was less of an alliance and more of a case of AMC borrowing a large sum of cash from Renault. In its day, the Alliance was the French version of the Honda Civic and lived on an Americanized Renault 9 chassis, but was assembled in Kenosha Wisconsin. The ragtop was ‘convertiblized’ by the American Sunroof Company, a custom builder regularly employed on oddball Detroit projects such as the ASC McLaren Grand Prix, Buick GNX, Chrysler Cordoba LS..etc. But, the most striking thing about today’s Alliance is how it managed to survive the last 35 years in such remarkable (and running!!) condition. Find this 1985 Renault Alliance Convertible offered for $4,500 or trade for Prius in Cedarburg, WI via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.