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 was largely overlooked by enthusiasts. That’s not all that surprising considering the Dauphine Gordini was far less extreme of a machine than the 8 Gordini and it was nowhere near as successful in rallying.
In Europe, the Gordini modifications were largely limited to the addition of a four-speed manual transmission and a model-specific version of the 845cc Ventoux engine whose output was pushed to 36 horsepower and 48 lb-ft. of torque. Officially, the extra power lowered the Dauphine’s 0 – 60 mph (0 – 100 km/h) time from 37 to 30 seconds, though some independent tests found that the Gordini was capable of reaching 60 mph from a stop in as little as 22 seconds.
The days of the relatively affordable Dauphine Gordinis could be numbered as a U.S.-spec 1964 Dauphine Gordini (R1095) has just been sold for $16,500 (€13,000 / £10,100) at an auction organized by Barrett-Jackson in Las Vegas, Nevada. The auction description is a little vague and there’s no indication of the car’s provenance, so whether it was actively raced in the 1960s or just built up to look like a vintage racer is unknown.
Although the Dauphine looks nearly perfect in the photos, $16,500 might just be a new record for a Gordini model in the United States, where the funky rear-engined sedan can hardly be considered a cult classic.
Photos courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.