Update: After only 7 bids, this car sold to an experienced eBay bidder for $1501.24 on May 13, 2009. I’d be totally interested to meet someone who is nuts enough about weird cars to buy one of these.
Original Post: Many interesting old (and budget-friendly) French cars seem to be showing up this week. My only memory associated with this car is of Carlos, a Mexican playmate of mine in Montreal whose family had a rusty red one of these parked in their driveway. In itself, this is not a particularly attractive or technologically interesting car, but it wins points for the oddball factor, and I’d imagine parts are reasonably easy to come by since they were produced under license until recently. I think the only ones I’ve seen since then were either in France or the licensed Dacia version. Hey, you could win a whole cadre of Romanian friends driving this thing around!
This red R12 wagon looks in pretty remarkable shape, having been used as a towed vehicle behind a camper and even then only having 44,000 miles.
Looks pretty good from the rear too. It does show a little rust, but that’s to be expected in an Ohio car.
Where’s the engine?? US-market cars got the aluminum 1.6 from the Renault 16, longitudinally mounted with front-wheel-drive and generating 65hp in 1974. The engine compartment looks reasonably clean but certainly not tidy by design. Apparently it runs well despite 9-10 years of storage.
Dash and interior look to be complete and in good shape. Too bad I’m not in Ohio, this is a pretty cool oddball car for short money – as of this writing, reserve has been met at $1200 with just over a day left. The caveat is even the Renault club site & forum doesn’t seem to have much on R12s.
By now you’ve probably guessed part of my strategy for budget fun is to look outside of the mainstream. It’s worked fairly well for me so far, and if you’re careful you can get a decent deal without seeing yourself coming and going every day.