40 years a garage queen: Renault R8 1100
Renault automobiles were very popular back in the early ’60s. Popular might not be the best description. Let’s say they sold well. We don’t remember exactly but we are pretty sure they weren’t on Consumer Reports recommended list for reliability. We could be wrong so please let us know. Although they had a similar layout to the VW, they were known for their exceptional small car ride and comfort. Better than a VW Bug by a mile. But that is the French way of doing things – lots of butter and cream. The seller tells us in the listing that the original owner parked it for 40 years. The current owner bought it and embarked on making it totally roadworthy again. The R8 has been treated to lots of new parts and has a the beginnings of a full Gordini rally car look. All you need to do to is remove the wheel covers to complete Stage 1. Thankfully it is a 4-speed. We seem to remember they offered a strange automatic in these or perhaps it was the R10? The condition of the Renault is just perfect as is. If you are looking for something different to participate in local events, this is a good candidate. And you can always say when asked what car you have that you have an R8. Just don’t say it is a Renault and not the Audi. Click here for the listing.