Renault will be showcasing twelve sublime classics spanning 110 years at the forthcoming Rétromobile 2020 from 5 to 9 February in Paris. This will be the first time the French marque has participated with a 570 m² stand at the international classic car show.
Enthusiasts had the chance to vote for ten of the cars on show from a selection of 40 models on the Renault Classic Facebook page, the final result being a large stand that will showcase the brand’s history and styling from across a wide spectrum of vehicles.
The eldest of the Renault classics to be given centre stage is a 1910 Type BY which was available under the name 20 CV in several body styles and with a water-cooled four-cylinder engine. The Type LO Firefighting classic, which was used by the brigade from 1929, and the Vivasport Cabriolet, which was a stylish 6-cylinder engined executive automobile introduced by Renault in September 1933 and produced till April 1935 in 1935.
Other eclectic machines represent a cross-section of Renault’s history from the 1960s to the 1990s and include the avant-garde series coupe Renault 17 TL, Renault 5 TX, Renault Fuego Turbo and the Williams Renault Clio released in 1994 in honour of the successful Formula 1 synergy with the Williams team and limited edition of only 5,000 built.
Of the twelve vehicles, three are pre-war:
- Renault Type BY (1910)
- Renault Type LO « Pompier » (1929)
- Renault Vivasport Cabriolet (1935)
The post-1960 cars represent the bulk of the selection and reveal the brand’s eclecticism.
- Renault Floride (1961)
- Renault Prototype H (1968)
- Renault 17 TL (1972)
- Renault Torino (1972)
- Renault 12 Abidjan Nice, winner of the “Abidjan-Nice” rally in 1976 (a nod to the 50th anniversary of the Renault 12 Gordini and the Renault 12 station wagon)
- Renault 5 TX (1984)
- Renault Clio Williams (1994)
In addition to this selection, there are 2 cars chosen by Renault Classic from those offered in large numbers by private collectors:
- Fuego Turbo USA version (here again, a nod to this model which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year)
- Primaquatre Saprar built by Marcel Pourtout based on a drawing by Georges Paulin in 1939
The amazing collection includes more than 750 vehicles that bear witness to the inventiveness and know-how of the firm founded in 1898 in Boulogne-Billancourt. A living collection, it is preserved, maintained and exploited by Renault Classic, which regularly showcases it at exhibitions, trade fairs, historic races, press and television reports and sporting events around the world.
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