This Renault 16 TL is parked on the same vacant plot of land as the Fiat 238 that we featured last week. While the 238’s past remains a mystery, there are enough clues scattered around the 16 to enable us to more or less piece together its history.
The car’s only remaining license plate was issued in 1976 but it is not original to the car because all 16s regardless of trim level swapped their aluminum grille for a more up-to-date black plastic one in 1974. Renault’s range-topping hatchback gained rectangular tail lamps in 1971 and it adopted clear turn signals up front a year later. Linking together pieces of information reveals that we’re looking at a 16 that was built between 1972 and 1974.
Interestingly, this mid-range TL model is equipped with a three-speed automatic transmission, a costly option that was offered on the entire lineup in the early 1970s.
Though riddled with bullets, the 16 is more or less complete and it does not appear to have been used as an organ donor over the years. It took a heavy hit to the front left corner which is likely what signed its death warrant and earned it a spot in the field.
Like we mentioned earlier, the plot of land is being cleaned up so the 16, the 238 and the small shed will all be removed in the coming months.