Monday, December 9, 2013

1976 Renault R12 Gordini Tribute

I know, I know. This post is going to seem contradictory, as I'm the guy who is always talking about leaving a car stock; the way it came from the factory. But, some modified cars are just too cool to ignore. This is one of those cars... Someone did a nice job creating a Renault R12 Gordini tribute.

The R12 Renault sent to the US was a nice, but unspectacular car. It was roughly the size of a Volkswagen Jetta (which was introduced after the R12 was withdrawn from the US market) and very economical. Like most French cars, it was an incredibly comfortable, smooth riding car, that handled very well.

Outside of the North American market, Renault offered sporty variations of the 12. The most popular was the Gordini.(Amédée Gordini was born in Italy, but moved to Paris in the 1920s. He built his own cars and tuned Simcas, but made his name creating fast, sporty Renaults. In a way, he was the Carroll Shelby of France.) It came with a 1565cc engine, a 5 speed transmission, 4 wheel vented disc brakes and a sportier suspension. Available from 1971 through 1974, Renault built 5188 of them.

This is not a Gordini, but looks like one. It has a 1647cc engine in it, the same engine found in the US spec 12.

The car is in Mexico, and it looks like the seller used the truly useless Google Translate to create his ad. From what I can tell, it has new brakes, including a new master cylinder. The exhaust is new. It looks like it might have been lowered. The speedometer may not work.

Based on the pictures, everything looks to be very well done and in nice shape.

As the seller points out, this is not a real Gordini. It will not be as quick as a real Gordini. But, it looks great and will get attention everywhere you drive it.

Located in Coahuila, Mexico, click here to see the eBay listing.

2 comments:

rrshadow2 said...

Now THAT is cool, if anyone buys it, it will probably some French Car collector, Renaults of any kind are of very limited interest, but yeah I could see a few people wanting this car

French Driver said...

Love this car and I can find the parts in France or even in Romania - the Renault 12 was built in Romania under the name of Dacia - but I wonder if this car would be street legal in the USA.