The Renault 12 was never meant to be an unusual or special car – the original brief was to build a car that had plenty of space, a small engine, and was inexpensive. But, because it was French, it still had style in the way a cheap American or Japanese econo-sedan would not. You could definitely call it ugly style, but it was still style. In spite of the looks, Renault must have got it right, because not only did the 12 survive 11 years of production as a regular Renault, but it went on to be built for another 26 years in South America, Turkey, Romania and elsewhere. While the rest of the world got the 60hp Cléon engine, the American 12 was fitted with the alloy 1.6 from the 16, good for 65hp and likely more torque. Check out this 1971 Renault 12 TL for sale for $1800 in Black Creek, WI.
Archive for September, 2015
As it is somewhere in the vast unwritten RustyButTrusty mission to catalog the majority of the Alfettas on the market, so it is too for Renault’s LeCar. And thank goodness it’s an attainable goal, unlike covering something as common as the Alfa Romeo 164. And for something that was considered a throwaway car by
some many people, it’s interesting to see there are a couple each year in very good condition. Another bright note is these were never sold with an automatic transmission – probably part of the key to their demise here – so you won’t get lumbered with a gorgeous survivor running an underdeveloped/slow/recalcitrant drivetrain. Check out this 1982 Renault LeCar for sale for $4000 in New Milford, NJ.
The Peugeot 106 S16 (16 valves in French, known as the 106 GTI everywhere else) was recognized as the spiritual successor of the 205 GTi – while the 206 grew and became less nimble, the 106 maintained the lightweight, tossable character of its older brother. Of course, none of that mattered in North America since Peugeot withdrew from the market in 1991, and had no success here with its compact cars. Nonetheless, they have their fans on this continent, and one of them is selling this 1999 Peugeot 106 S16 in Kelowna, BC for C$3900 (about $2900 today).