Archive for January, 2015

Le Slow – 1980 Peugeot 504 Break Diesel

January 14, 2015

Something about the French cars this week – there’s generally no tie-in with the news here, and claiming that there was would be a lie, but it’s a strange coincidence that several interesting ones are available. In this case, there’s a car, and should you choose to accept it, a business plan. The plan goes like this: 1) Buy Peugeot 504 Diesel wagon; 2) Ship it in a container to your preferred African country, preferably a former French colony; 3) Sell the Peugeot 504 for a fat profit! What could possibly go wrong? There’s even a parts car to pad your margins with. Check out this 1980 Peugeot 504 Diesel Wagon for sale for $800 in Sebastopol, CA.

1980 Peugeot 504 diesel wagon 2 left front

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Le Fire – 1985 Renault Fuego

January 10, 2015

As a follow-up to the Renault 15 and 17, the Fuego had some pretty big shoes to fill, at least in the sense of being as unique as its predecessors. Designed under Robert Opron by Michel Jardin (yes, that Opron, he of the Citroen CX and SM), it was one of the earlier cars to be designed using a wind tunnel, and the turbodiesel versoin was one of the earliest diesel powered sporting coupes. It can also claim firsts for remote central locking and steering wheel mounted stereo controls. Check out this 1985 Renault Fuego for sale for $2200 in Temecula, CA.

1985 Renault Fuego right front

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Le Four-Door – 1983 Renault LeCar

January 9, 2015

AMC/Chrysler has had many a relationship with foreign automakers – Alfa Romeo, Hillman, Talbot/Peugeot, Renault, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, and Fiat. Renault could be considered one of the manufacturers who ultimately didn’t benefit from the relationship, so here’s the last car they imported to the United States before the ill-fated, Motor-Trend-Car-of-the-Year-winning Alliance/Encore – the Renault LeCar. Covered on these pages in the past as a revolutionary super-mini, and significant for Renault, and in Europe, it didn’t fare quite as well as some of the imported competition, including the VW Rabbit and all those “putains Japonais” who ate the French manufacturers’ baguette sandwiches while they weren’t looking. French failure in the American automotive market notwithstanding, there are still some great examples of the great Renault 5 – check out this 1983 Renault LeCar, with bidding currently at $1647 and four days left to go in Roanoke, VA.

1983 Renault LeCar right front

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