We all have dreams. That was also the case with Alberto, a 76-year-old retiree from General Pico. His dream was simple, but deeply rooted: a Renault 12. It was not just any car for him. It was the first vehicle he had ever driven. A symbol of freedom, adventure and youthful indiscretion. A model that he considered “robust” and “indestructible”, but had always remained beyond his reach.
Gonzalo's grand gesture
When his grandson Gonzalo found out about this long-cherished wish, he decided to take action. With a mix of determination, passion and respect for his grandfather, he saved every cent he earned as a DJ. He even sold his own motorcycle to raise the necessary funds. His efforts ultimately resulted in the purchase of a 12 Renault 1993. Although the car needed a lot of love and attention, the emotional moment of handing it over was priceless.
From a simple gesture to national news
What started as a personal gesture between grandfather and grandson took an unexpected turn. The Argentine media landscape picked up this heart-warming story. Suddenly Alberto and Gonzalo, two ordinary citizens, became national celebrities. Interviews, news articles, TV segments – the duo was everywhere.
The media attention also reached the highest echelons of Renault Argentina. Pablo Sibilla, the company's CEO, was deeply moved by the story. “This goes beyond just cars,” he said. “This is about family, about tradition and about celebrating our heritage.” Renault decided not to sit on the sidelines and made a remarkable decision: they would help with the restoration of the Renault 12. This was not only an opportunity to participate in a beautiful human story, but also to further Renault's corporate mission Care Service – ensuring their cars stay on the road for as long as possible.
From restoration to factory visit
With a team of experts and all the necessary parts in-house, the transformation of the Renault 12 began. What was once a classic and in questionable condition, slowly became a shining icon from the past. And Renault didn't stop there. As a token of appreciation for their customers' loyalty, they offered to maintain the car free of charge for Alberto's life.
The icing on the cake came when Alberto and Gonzalo were invited for a special tour of the Renault factory in Santa Isabel, Córdoba. This wasn't just any factory; it was the birthplace of many Renault 12s, including theirs.
The Renault 12: More than a car
The Renault 12 is not only the center of this story, but also a car with a rich history. Launched in 1969, it quickly became an icon in France and Europe. But its longevity and popularity exceeded European borders. The model had an impressive career in countries such as Argentina, Turkey and Romania, where it remained popular for decades.
This story is more than just a grandfather, a grandson and a car. It is a testimony of perseverance, love of family and respect for tradition. It reminds us that dreams, no matter how simple, have the power to unite us, and that passion and determination can produce unexpected and miraculous results.