Sometimes it’s hard to remember how many options were out there in terms of sports coupes in 1984. You could pick up an Isuzu Impulse, a VW Scirocco, an Alfa Romeo GTV6, a Ford Mustang fastback, Mitsubishi Starion or Tredia, or a Renault Fuego. And that’s not even a complete list! Granted, these cars were not always in the same consideration set, but the diversity of options available in 1984 was quite remarkable compared to what is on the market in 2013 (Scionbaru BRX/FR-S, Scion tC, are there any more? Anyone? Bueller?). Providing some turbocharged Gallic passion in the market was this 1984 Renault Fuego Turbo, available for $3500 in Ottawa, ON.
While definitely unique, the design was not quite as stylish and distinctive as the Renault 15/17 siblings. However, it did have a turbo and a very rectilinear interior with well bolstered seats, as well as a practical hatch. If you squint, you can perhaps see where it took its inspiration from the Porsche 924/944/928, or possibly the Jensen Interceptor. Okay, you have to squint pretty hard. It’s cool that the Turbo graphics, even in the hatch glass, have survived to today.
The car comes with a set of TRX tires, and the seller, who has to be some kind of Renault freak, has done much recent work and is including a box of parts. Now, while these cars were not successful as daily drivers for someone buying a new car in 1984, perhaps they’d be a fun quirky weekend ride in 2013?