Wax Your Beret: 1985 Renault Fuego
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.
From the seller:
1985 Renault Fuego 2.2 litre efi
cylinders: 4 cylinders
paint color: silver
title status: clean
This car was bought new by the previous owner in California and sold in May 2020 by his estate upon his passing. It was professionally carried to Connecticut and has travelled 200 miles since I purchased it. Upon arrival in Connecticut it was taken to a European car specialist for an engine oil and filter change and complete check over. No faults were discovered.
There is not even one speck of rust or corrosion on this car and it is in mint condition. The only blemishes are a small ding on the driver’s door trim, probably caused by a shopping trolley, a small patch of faded paint on the roof and a small tear on the driver’s seat back that I have vinyl patched as can be seen. The front seat covers are not covering any marks or tears but were fitted to preseve the upholstery.
The only work I have done on the car was to fit new tailgate gas struts, a new digital clock and a new light stalk, all imported from Europe.
The air conditioning and cruise control are fully functional but the heater core has been bypassed. The factory AM/FM radio works well. The car is riding on near new Michelin Pilot tires and the exhaust system is almost new with twin pipes at the back. This was done to conform with strict California emission rules.
The car is presently under a new custom car cover as there is no intention to drive it on salt covered roads during winter. Since my wife and I have purchased a new RV to enable us to travel safely, we will be away most of the year and I will not have the opportunity to enjoy the Fuego.
This car may be one of the best, if not the best example of this model left in the United States.
I would like this rare (fantastic condition) car to go to a good home where it will be well maintained and preserved in its present condition.
23 photos, not one of them showing what is by far this car’s best feature, its Saab-900-/-Alfa-GTV-love-child profile from that mad weekend in Paris.
Waxing your beret is about all you’ll get driving this tin can. How can you trust someone who would transport this from California all the way to Connecticut? Get a hobby.