Le Jaune – 1978 Renault LeCar

Perhaps if a Renault LeCar joined the RustyButTrusty fleet, the desire to feature every one that comes up for sale would diminish. That said, even after a Lancia Beta came and went, the attraction to the theory is still there, even if the reality is not as compelling. And these were best-sellers in France and many other parts of the world, so how bad could it be? Anyhow, enough blathering, check out this 1978 Renault LeCar for sale in Glendale, CA for a relatively high $3800.

1978 Renault LeCar yellow right rear

Too bad this one has a dweeby little aftermarket moonroof instead of a full-length ragtop. Presumably the ragtop models had their demises (is that a word?) accelerated by leaks, although in LA a leaking ragtop might not be such a problem. Yellow is great on small cars, and the oh-so-70s striping and logo on the lower portion of the car’s sides is super-cool – just the thing to go with the retro-ironic clothes all the cool kids are wearing these days. The car is said to need a cosmetic facelift (what an apt term, given its location!), so while the above picture actually looks pretty great, the picture below is probably more indicative of the actual situation.

1978 Renault LeCar yellow right front

Much work has been done on the car, including reupholstered front seats, and rebuilt brakes, carburetor, front end, and radiator. Assume you’ll have to spend some time digging around for a less-cracked dash, or perhaps you can drop the car over at JustDashes before taking it home. While the price sounds on the higher end, this car is offered with a lot more work completed than most LeCars. Can anyone with LeCar experience comment on what the North American version is like?


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