Posts Tagged ‘11’

Again! 1985 Renault Encore

September 24, 2013

Sold as the Renault 11 in the rest of the world, the Renault Encore was introduced in 1984 to compete with other hatchbacks like the VW Golf, Ford Escort, and Chevrolet Chevette. While there were over 600,000 Alliances and Encores sold from 1983-1987, very few remain since they were budget cars. Of those, very few Encores remain, to the extent this seems to be the first one available for purchase in several years. You can find this 39,000-mile 1985 Renault Encore with bidding at $1526 and about one day left to go in San Luis Obispo, CA.

1985 Renault Encore left front


Gran Turismo Alleggerita?? 1987 Renault GTA

May 4, 2010

Here’s a car that had a promising future when it debuted in the US in late 1982 – the Renault 9/11, the best-selling Renault ever. And yet they just weren’t right for the US market, as was often the case for French cars. They were some of the least costly cars on the market, with great mileage ratings and some innovative comfort features, but actually came out as a decline in the small-car market was starting. Combined with poor longer-term quality ratings, this meant the Alliance, Encore, and GTA only lasted for 5 model years.

And that brings us to our specific car. Brought out in 1986 as a performance model to boost sales, it packed 95 hp, thicker anti-roll bars, body kit, sports exhaust, upgraded wheels, and a closer-ratio gearbox plus stiffer engine mounts. This package added up to something pretty fun to drive, but low cost and sporting intentions mean there aren’t that many left. I’ve been waiting to write about one for a while, so
now you can see one for sale, with bidding currently at $102.50 with only 4 days to go and no reserve.

1987 Renault GTA front