In September 1981, Renault presented the 9, a four-meter sedan with a striking rectangular design. This car was named “Car of the Year 1982”. Two years later, the three- and five-door Renault 11 followed to make the 14 forget. It had a third or fifth door with a panoramic rear window.
The front of the Renault 11 was recognizable by the double rectangular headlights. While the 9 large single copies were used. The Renault 9 (ever seen one?) Received the advertising label "The talent" in 1982-1983. Well, having talent for something does not guarantee success. Certainly not if you are then asked "What for?" And when it was concluded that the Renault 11 clearly outperformed the Renault 9 Then you are somewhat in the lame comparison corner if: “I was constantly arguing with my wife. But now things are getting better. We are in a fighting divorce. ” With turbo versions, Renault tried to upgrade the case and those turbos did not even do without merit in rallies.
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That generation also had a big brother: the Renault 21
It was made between 1986 and 1995. That making was not only done in France, but later also in Colombia and Spain. That Renault 21 was the successor of the now forgotten R18. It was intended for the upper middle class segment.
Lacking money to develop a high-torque engine compact enough to be installed transversely, Renault had to come up with two clever solutions for the Renault 21. One with transverse engine for the 1.7 liter petrol and 1.0 versions, 9 liter diesel (“ F engines ”), the other with a longitudinal engine for the 2 liter petrol and 2.1 liter diesel (“ the Douvrin engines ”). The well-known 2-liter petrol since the Renault 20 TS from 1977 was offered in a new version with fuel injection. The approach was 'reliability'. However, the finish quality and the quality of the plastic parts and the wear resistance of the covering was 'average' to put it mildly. However, the handling and fuel consumption were fine.
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The Renaults simply sold well in France
At the time, France was at the end of the once self-evident phenomenon that French people bought French cars. It was no longer a mortal sin to buy and drive a German car. The French also suddenly had the choice to buy Japanese cars. And after an initial caution in that area, it left me wanting more.
All in all, quite a few of those now almost forgotten Renaults have been sold on the home market
But to date, few people have cared about their fate. The reason for a possible love could only be nostalgia. Technically and historically, the Renaults were not models of historical value. But nostalgia is a great reason to want to cuddle and cherish such a Frenchman? It hardly ever happens. In France you can still see these cars in traffic. You can see from their appearance and occupants that they are on their last rides.
The end is near
The appearance of most survivors is French, with many minor damages and a lacquer that really does not deserve the word 'patina'. The drivers and / or occupants are usually recognizable as people from the lowest social classes who can afford a car. Think of the French equivalent of the Flodder family. Too bad. The press photos from our archive testify to better times.
Of course there are also beautiful copies. But are also difficult to sell. If interested, buy a perfect copy for a bottom price. And enjoy the old France.
The Turbo and rally versions are quite popular in France. We found 'our' copy at AutoMeca is the French Signes. That company rents out classic rally cars. But not now.
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