1979 renault le car




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  • May 11, The Renault 5 was badged as Le Car for the United States market, and it was sold here for the through model years. This car was a.

    Research Renault Le Car GTL 2 Door Sedan prices, used values & Le Car GTL 2 Door Sedan pricing, specs and more!.

    History of the logo. The Renault logo has an interesting history. During the First World War, the company successfully produced light tanks. In connection with the popularity of the company's tanks, the leadership of Renault even changed the logo, placing in it the image of his tank. But the tank on the emblem was not delayed for a long time, in 1923 a well-known form of diamond appeared. However, this is not a diamond - it is a trace from the tank.

    Mar 12, After a suggestion that it should be badged “Frog” to take on from the VW Rabbit, Renault opted instead to badge it “Le Car,” which at once.

    1979 renault le car

    1979 renault le car

    The Renault 5 Alpine was one of the first hot-hatches , launched in - going on sale two months before the original Volkswagen Golf GTI and two years after the Simca Ti. I did use if as a carpenter for several years with a Sear trailer. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. I already elaborated on how well designed the hatchback was in the hatchback thread.

    1979 renault le car

    1979 renault le car

    1979 renault le car

    1979 renault le car

    1979 renault le car

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    The first fuel crisis of the early part of the decade would warm reluctant Americans to the concept. Often times, a compromise was a given for the buyer of a small car. They were rear wheel drive sometimes all-wheel drive and were great preludes to smaller cars, but were more compact than sub compact. AMC needed help in bringing a small modern car to market.

    Enter Renault, one of Frances largest car makers. The Le Car was a supermini, or sub compact as its known in America. That was a class of car common on the tight spaces of urban Europe, but almost unknown in the wide open spaces of America.

    1979 renault le car

    In places like Boston or New York the concept had its appeal, but most of America still wanted bigger cars, even when they were supposed to be small. The small car was still seen as a penalty box.

    French cars had been known for style and a certain amount of mechanical sophistication. Even with a boxy shape, a low drag coefficient of 0. In the Le Car racked up a few 1 st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes to dominate the showroom stock C class for a short while at least.

    1979 renault le car

    There were faster versions of the Le car in Europe called the R5 Turbo, but very few ever made it to the States. The claim was more than ad fluff. Clever packaging that made for a longer wheel base, but shorter overall length. Most Le Cars sold in America did come with a high level of kit, not common in smaller cars like full instrumentation and rack and pinion steering. Many even had sun roofs, air and 3 three speed automatic transmission.

    A four speed manual was standard. In changes to the grill and new square lights modernized the overall look, but the Le Car could not keep up with the quickly evolving German and Japanese subcompacts. A five door hatch was introduced in in an effort to improve sales, but the death bells were ringing for the Le Car in America. Although the Le Car was dead in America the R5 continued in Europe in some form or another until I had a LeCar and it was everything the review says it was.

    Years ahead of the then Japanese imports in design, execution and build as well as ride and features. It ran circles around the Civics that friends were grabbing and yet the ride was so nice, I had no problem using it rather than my Olds Toronado for trips exceeding miles in each direction. When I wanted to add a radio to mine, I figured the cutouts were in the dash but covered up by the padding. Finally found the Renault used an underdash console for the radio option but, that dash convinced me that Renault had a serious and not an economy el cheapo in this thing.

    1979 renault le car

    As I found as I owned it, the steel in the body, chassis, underpinnings, etc. Fenders and hatch had no give, unlike the Japanese and American cars of the time, including the upscale models.

    I did not baby the LeCar at all, having gotten used to pushing a Mini Cooper S and it proved as much fun to push as the Mini but far more reliable. There were few options to get more power from but little things like a Mallory ignition and slightly larger exhaust and other little tuning and boltons such as an air cleaner with more volume moving ability had a noticable affect without emptying the wallet. The only weak point was the shifter bushings that seemed to wear and need repalcement every year; about a hour repair.

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