Rust in peace: Renault Espace (mk1)
1980s / 1990s / French / Rust in peace

Rust in peace: Renault Espace (mk1)

We stumbled upon these three first-gen Renault Espaces at a disaffected repair shop about an hour west of Paris. Five years ago we would have probably kept on driving, or we would have stopped to see if anything else was hiding behind the shop, but yesterday we immediately turned around and got the camera out. … Continue reading

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A look at the Wankel-powered Citroën M35
1970s / French / 1960s / Citroen

A look at the Wankel-powered Citroën M35

In 1969, Citroën took an unprecedented approach to showcasing its engineering might: it gave a group of carefully-selected customers the opportunity to purchase and test an Ami 8-derived prototype called M35. The highly experimental M35 was powered by a 995cc single-rotor Wankel engine developed by Comotor, a joint-venture co-founded by NSU and Citroën to design … Continue reading

Auction watch: 1964 Renault Dauphine Gordini sells for $16,500
1960s / Auction watch / French / News / Renault

Auction watch: 1964 Renault Dauphine Gordini sells for $16,500

The Renault 8 Gordini is worth a small fortune, especially if you’re after a well-restored 1300cc example that is either stock or fitted with discreet period-correct modifications. We’ve always admired the 8 Gordini, but paying E-Class money for one seems rather silly. Up until recently the older Dauphine Gordini was still reasonably priced because it … Continue reading