Friday, February 22, 2019

A Well Preserved Renault Fuego

Yowza! When did you last see a Fuego in this condition?

If you've read this bog in the past you know that I owned a Fuego for a few years in the 1980s. I've said quite a few times that I had a love / hate relationship with it. (In retrospect I may have been a little hard on it because I traded my 1979 Renault R17 Gordini in on it. I loved my R17.)

I once wrote that I thought the Fuego body hadn't aged well. But now, looking at this car, I realize I was wrong. Yes, it has 1980s styling cliches in spades (you can almost hear the Eurythmics coming out of the cassette deck) and the U.S. headlights and bumpers did it no favors, but it has aged better than many of the other 1980s sporty coupes.

Renault did not have a good name in the U.S. and the Fuego was not a big seller. Most people did not think to preserve a Fuego. That's what makes this car so amazing. It is one of the cleanest Fuegos I have seen for sale in a very long time.

The seller writes: " I'm the fourth owner and it was bought new in Indiana and used as daily driver by the first owner. The second owner was the original owners neighbor who had it for a couple years before selling it to a friend of mine that uses cars for movies. He however, had the car stored and it was never used in any movies. I saw the car one day and had to have it!" He also states that it runs and drives "great."

Everything about this car says that it was well cared for. The interior looks pristine. Even the leather seats - which are some of the best seats I have ever had in any car - look good for their age. The body looks close to perfect and original. That's important, as body and trim parts for the Fuego are becoming scarce, especially in North America.

There is, however, something odd about this car / ad. The seller states that it is a 1983 Fuego. But the 2.2 liter badge on the side and some of the trim makes me believe it is a 1984 car. Also, there are two exhaust tips sticking out of the back. The Fuego did not come with dual exhaust. I'm not sure what that is all about.

The Fuego is an underappreciated car. It is a car that will be unique at most car shows, but one you could have fun with driving it on weekends.

The asking price - $7500.00 - is top dollar for a Fuego. But, this may be a top Fuego and worth every penny.

Located in New Albany, OH, click here to see the Craigslist ad.

2 comments:

pickles said...

The Fuego is cool. Only dorks don't think so. Or maybe only dorks DO think so. Regardless... yes, please!

Anonymous said...

First admired these when living in europe. Euro bumpers and headlights would go a long way to improving the look as intended. Still sporting the turbo wheels w/ TRXs - 1st thing I'd do is get non-metric wheels and tires. I've had two cars that came w/ TRXs - perhaps a front runner tire in the 80s, but expensive now and really not comparable to modern rubber.