Economy cars are, for the most part, soulless and boring, but every so often some fun manages to sneak its way into one. Depending on your perspective, the Renault LeCar was in the soulless category, but perhaps you’ve forgotten the spare mounted over the engine, the tremendous amount of interior room for its size, the spartan gauge pod and switch panel for a dashboard, or the optional ragtop. So if you’re willing to reconsider your point of view in light of those facts, check out this 1979 Renault LeCar for sale for $4000 in Eugene, OR.
Refrigerator white with black trim actually looks pretty good on this car, and while the common LeCar graphics on the door bottoms are cool, the car looks very clean without them. It almost looks like it’s been lowered a bit. Also notice the wipers don’t seem to park properly. Said to have 59,000 miles and a leak-proof ragtop, you’ll probably want to verify both those things.
It’s got new carpet, reupholstered seats, and new tires, along with a fairly recent budget paint job. Why would anyone remove headrests from a car seat? Wanting a period look is understandable, but these came with headrests from day one in North America, and is it worth risking whiplash? White piping is also an interesting choice for a base spec econo car, while the rear seats appear stock.
There does appear to be some overspray in this shot, but having a nice, clean interior will go miles towards having your spouse/parent/other skeptical family member ride in your French oddball. If it’s in good mechanical shape, perhaps this could be your next fresh-air commuter.