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Renault 10, sympathetic classic

Renault 10
The first generation of the Renault 10 was characterized by a front with round headlights. Copyright: Renault
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In 1965, Renault made its mark by introducing the uniquely designed and progressive R16 (called “1500” at the very beginning). The French have been at the forefront of developing new and modern standards for the use of space and travel pleasure for several years. In the shadow of the new hatchback, France conjures up a more conventional surprise: the Renault 10 Major.

He made his market debut in September 1965. The R10 is strongly based on the Renault 8. A sedan with the engine and rear drive. The R10 also replaces the R8 Major, the luxury version of its inspiration. It is equipped with, among other things, the 1108 cc power source of its predecessor. The other models of the well-sold Renault 8 continue to be produced normally and successfully.


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Much similar to Renault 8 and yet its own face

The newcomer fills a brand new gap within the Renault range. It was created after the recent introduction of the Renault 16. It is positioned between the new space wonder and its founder. The new Renault 10 will be the more practical variant within the conventionally designed part of the Renault range. It looks exactly like the Renault 8, but is distinguished by a longer and tighter front and a longer, differently designed rear. In addition, it is four centimeters wider than the “8”. The articulated bumper at the front is a clear point of recognition. The R10 also gets some comfort-enhancing things. Foldable backrests and armrests make it comfortable for the occupants on board.

No usance: disc brakes all around

As with the R8, an important - and in this class still far from usual - equipment has been fitted. Four Lockheed disc brakes all round are a powerful and appreciated plus. Furthermore, the Renault 10 is mainly praised for its good steering, comfortable seating and extensive sound insulation. In line with the recipe of the R8, the R10 also lacks the transmission tunnel, which promotes space. From 1966 the R10 is also available with an automatic gearbox with powder clutch. The first generation of the Renault 10, often referred to as “Major”, remains in production for two years.

Changes after two years

A revised version follows in September 1967, whereby the front and rear are changed. This generation is especially recognizable from the front because more square light units replace the round ones of the first generation. The striking front bumper remains, but is now equipped with pads. Furthermore, Renault applies some detail changes on the inside and outside. It gives the second generation a slightly more businesslike character.

Final chord with Renault 12 engine

In 1969, the durable 1108 cc engine in the rear made way for the equally reliable 1289 cc engine. This was developed for the Renault 12, which is being prepared to succeed the R10. The new power source propels the Renault 10 until its end of production in October 1971. The production shutdown concludes a successful period. The Renault 10 - which was in production for more than six years - was built 687.674 times in various factories.

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Renault 10
Square headlights are a clear landmark for the revised version of the Renault 10. Copyright: Renault

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  1. Strange in itself that a large car factory builds cars, in the mid-60s, that have engines in the front or rear. A nice article!

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