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Rust in peace: Renault 14 TL

The Renault 14 TL pictured below is ending its life in a large parking garage located in southern France. Actually, a more accurate way to put it is that the 14 shown below has more or less spent its entire life in the parking garage.

We’ve known about this 14 for a couple of years. When we first stumbled upon it, we immediately tracked down the owner of the parking garage who kindly explained that the 14 belongs to a friend who bought it for his wife in 1983, making it one of the last examples ever built. She died, the man moved about three hours away and temporarily left the car on the far end of his buddy’s garage.

This was back in 1989, when the 14 was just six-years old, though stickers on the windshield indicate that the registration was renewed annually until 1991. The owner has never come back for the 14 and the car has been in the parking garage ever since, meaning that it’s spent considerably more time sitting than on the road. It’s covered by a thick layer of dust but it is complete, it’s rust-free and it has surprisingly not been vandalized – even the alloys have stood the test of time, though the spare is conspicuously missing and the shift knob – of all parts – is gone. The odometer reads roughly 140,000 kilometers (about 86,000 miles).

Sadly, the 14 is not for sale – you can take our word for it, we make it a point to stop by the parking garage, check on the car and talk to the owner of the place at least once or twice a year. And, in case you’re wondering, the Citro├źn Traction visible in some of the photos is not abandoned. We have no idea what its story is but it seemingly moves on a semi-regular basis.

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7 thoughts on “Rust in peace: Renault 14 TL

    • Ha, I thought the same thing. It’s because it was in a dark corner of the garage so there’s no light (except from what manages to get in from outside). The fact that it’s white but covered by an inch of dust adds to that effect, too.

      The pics could have turned out better if I’d brought a tripod with me, but I wasn’t planning on shooting it when I headed out.

  1. By the way, the white traction avant on the left, looks a lot like the one used in the 1981 film “Diva”. I remember two of them were used, one blown off for the sake of art.

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