Saturday, April 14, 2012

Weekend Quickies - Saturday, April 14, 2012

1986 (North American Spec) Renault R5 - This is kind of a neat piece of Renault history.

Renault stopped selling the R5 (Le Car) in the US after the 1983 model year.

In Canada however, where R5 sales were fairly strong, you could buy one through 1986. (I assume all 1986 R5s sold in Canada had a build date of 1985. Renault stopped building the first generation R5 after 1985. No second generation R5s were sold anywhere in North America.)

There's not much of a difference between a 1983 Le Car sold in the US and this 1986 Canadian R5. It retains the modifications made for the US market, i.e, side marker lights, sealed beam headlights, big bumpers, etc. The wheels are unique and are either aftermarket or a style never offered in the US.

It looks like this one is in fairly nice shape, but may need some minor work. (The ad is in French. I don't remember much from my high-school french classes and Google Translate borders on being a joke.)

Located in Rigaud, Quebec, Canada, click here to see the Kijiji ad.

A big thanks to Eneson for sending me the link to this car.

1988 Yugo GV Race Car - Rumor has it that this car was used in an episode of Top Gear USA. Honestly, I absolutely love the British Top Gear show, but the US version does nothing for me. I rarely watch it. If this was on Top Gear USA, I didn't see the episode.

Whether or not this car is a celebrity is irrelevant. It's a Yugo set up for racing. That alone makes it interesting.

Located in Van Nuys, CA, click here to see the Coparts ad.

1961 Facel Vega Facellia - I've written about one of these before. (You can find the post here.)

The Facellia was a beautiful car. It had one huge flaw, however. The Pont-à-Mousson built engine failed early and often. Virtually all of them failed. The engine was eventually replaced by a Volvo engine and later by an Austin Healey engine, but the damage was already done to Facel's reputation and finances. In 1964 the company folded.

This is a very rare Facellia coupe. According to the seller it is 1 of 48 built, and # 10 off the line. According to the Facel Registry this is the only surviving coupe with its original 4 cylinder engine.

Facellias, because of their rarity and beauty, usually don't sell cheap. It will be interesting to see what this one, a rare coupe with its original engine, will sell for.

Located in Gaylordsville, CT, click here to see the eBay listing.

1971 MG Midget - The MG Midget is your basic British roadster. It has no frills. It's a sunny day, top down car.

I had one many years ago. It was fun. My big complaint was the 4 speed transmission. At highways speeds the engine was revving like crazy and it was noisy.

The seller of this car has addressed that issue. Sort of. He installed a Datsun B210 5 speed transmission. This is a somewhat common conversion and, from what I'm told, makes a world of difference. The problem here is that the seller bought the transmission off of eBay and it has a bad second gear synchro.

The rest of the car looks to be in very nice shape and has had some worthwhile work done to it.

If you're good at double clutching you could drive this cars as is, I suppose. If you have the tools and skill required to replace the synchro, it's probably a day long job.

Located in Hadley, MA, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

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