Church fellowships are often endearing. Members of a municipality bring in things and sell them for a good cause. They usually do that for butter-soft prices. If there is such a phenomenon, then you have to act quickly. Otherwise you will be faced with a clever crowd of professional buyers from the flea & lifestyle corner who immediately after opening the doors go off the stands like a swarm of grasshoppers. Because you don't want to know what trendy Randstad residents pay for an authentic collection box these days.
Books and leaflets
Fortunately, the predators are out for easy loot. They ignore really important things. And as a classic enthusiast, for example, you buy an Autovisie Test Book from 1979 and a box with old car magazines. Very old car magazines. And apparently that box belonged to someone who had something to do with that car magazine. Because it once contained yellow copies of a typed endurance test report of a Renault Dauphine. A car that was apparently purchased used. We are talking about the beginning of 1957.
An endurance test in 1957
We read: Car taken over with km position 9500, final position 41.762 km.
Immediately after taking over the car, I noticed that the car developed a vibration at approximately 90 km / h. Furthermore, the gearbox made a lot of noise when braking in second gear. When braking the car showed a tendency to buck. The previous driver reported that he had already reported this to Renault. At Renault, a Mr. Wagemans had replied that the problems would disappear if some more kilometers were made.
That did not happen and Mr. Jacobs from Renault acknowledged after a test drive that something was wrong. With approximately 23.000 km on the clock, the Dauphine went back to Renault for a week. The gearbox was overhauled and the wheels were statically balanced. That solved the problems. A week long. Then the gearbox made a lot of noise again. Mr Jacobs had meanwhile received more complaints. Paris was contacted. After a few weeks it was announced that the car had to go to Renault again to install a new clutch plate. That made the transmission much quieter. But in the meantime, bucking when braking was back again.
Positive news and caveats
Meanwhile, the Renault's handling was praised and the absence of a fourth gear was regretted. The control pedals were so close together that drivers with a size 45+ had too little foot room and the Dauphine turned out to be very poorly at temperature, with the heating also far below par. That resulted in constantly cold feet. The trunk was not waterproof. The tail and license plate light fittings tended to loosen. And the entire electrical system did its job without fuses.
Speaking of loose things: the windshield wiper motor had escaped and the carburetor was also only held in place by gravity. If the wiper motor did stay in place, the wiper blades themselves were not storm-proof. The radiator brackets had to be welded a few times. Starting problems were solved by additional ground connections at the starter motor and battery.
The Dauphine turned out to be very sensitive to crosswind and was also allergic to joints in the road surface. In corners, the small Renault was much better than American automobiles. Where a Yankank sailed through the bend at 60, the Dauphine shot through at 90.
And all in all, the Dauphine ran almost 1 in 15 and the endurance test was completed satisfactorily. Nice is not it?
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