1990s / French / Open mic / Renault

Open mic: What’s the last classic car that you’ve purchased?

If you’re anything like us you have a hard time going a year without buying a classic car. We just purchased a 1991 Renault 4 Savane, the entry-level model that was known as the 4 TL throughout most of its production run. We certainly don’t need another car (or another 4 – this is our fourth one) but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to own one of the later models with the 1.0-liter Cleon engine.

We haven’t had the chance to drive our new 4 much, we’ve had it for less than a week and it admittedly needs a starter, but it’s in relatively decent shape. While it’s certainly not a show car, it’s rust-free and it runs well, which is all that really matters as far as we’re concerned. As an added bonus, it came with a roof rack and a trailer hitch!

How about you, what’s the last classic car that you’ve purchased?

10 thoughts on “Open mic: What’s the last classic car that you’ve purchased?

  1. I’m going to claim my Alfa 156 GTA even though its a 2003 model. And if you won’t have that then it’s my Citroen CX Turbo from 1986 or its predecessor a DS 20. Three wonderful cars each in very different ways. The GTA has the most wonderfully quick rack and incredible torque, the CX had the most brilliant dash and general spaceshipness – and lots of oomph courtesy of the turbo and the DS – well just the process of starting – grasp the gear lever and push to the left to obtain ignition then push it away to get into first… I mean you couldn’t make it up could you.

  2. i like your new old car but i would take a real good look at the hitch and mounting points before i used it to tow. i might get to see a 4 at ” imports at Carlisle ” in May if i go to the event. my last old vehicle was a Rolls, happy the day i bought it and happier the day i sold it.

  3. 1991 Peugeot 205 D Turbo. As far as I know, the only one in Australia as it was a private import.
    Giving it a bit of TLC at the moment, but looking forward to using it as a daily driver.

    • Wow, were those never sold in Australia? Where was it imported from?

      Before I bought the 4 I was vaguely looking for a car, and I considered a late-1980s/early-1990s 205, I love those.

      Did you catch the piece we wrote about the 205’s 30th birthday two years ago?

      • Yes, was yellow when purchased. Now being refurbished (slowly) and resprayed in pastel green.

        BTW my neighbour when I was a teenager had a Renault 4. I remember it being a bit of a rust bucket but kept on going. I remember the neighbours son driving it when he first passed his test. It was replaced by a Renault 5.

  4. BX 14RE last January. No power steering, no aircon, no sunroof, no ABS, no airbags, no fuel injection, no ECUs, no cat. What could possibly go wrong…? Well, there’s nothing to go wrong beyond I might snap the choke cable. With a year’s MOTall for the price of a laptop. Perfect

    • Great purchase, the base-model BXs are brilliant. I’ve been trying to buy a 14E for on and off for a while, but the owner is on the fence about selling it and I think he’s leaning towards “no”. He quit driving it a few years ago but still starts it up regularly.

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