Objet d’Art – 1938 Delage D8-120 Aerosport Coupe

LeTourneur et Marchand coachwork

By 1935 Delage, a renowned builder of both racing and grand luxury machines that had very early on demonstrated the value of motorsports success to car sales, was in serious financial trouble. To make things confusing, Delage was bought that year by the similarly named Delahaye, but the Delage brand remained. Delage's first new design under its new owners was the D8-120, the only 8-cylinder offering in either company's range and an instant … [Read more...]

Renault-Powered Rarity – 1959 Bunce Buck

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The 1950s were a ripe time in America for road racing specials, and crafty mechanics and engineers all across the country stitched together unique and successful machines. These home-grown cars were often concoctions of American, British, and sometimes Italian or German components, but this car is just a little bit outside the box. Built by Ed Buck and Bill Bunce on the West Coast, this little special utilizes French power, in this case an … [Read more...]

French Masterpiece – 1953 Gordini Type 24 S

1953 Gordini Type 24 S Track

Amédée Gordini stood at Le Mans in 1953. He had finally created his masterpiece, a three-litre eight-cylinder sports car, which he intended to use to compete at the highest level. It would run in anger against names like Ferrari, Maserati, Lancia, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Aston Martin, and it would be run not only by Works teams but also by wealthy privateers. For his car, Gordini chose an inline eight-cylinder engine, which was chosen for … [Read more...]

A Peugeot with Patina – 1966 Peugeot 404

1966 Peugeot 404C

The Peugeot 404 was an elegant if not all that exciting car built in France from 1960 to 1975 and under contract in other countries until much later. The 404 could be had as a sedan, a wagon, a coupe or a convertible, and the undeniably pleasing bodies were done by Pininfarina. The convertible in particular was a look that had Pininfarina written all over it, so if you really squint it kind of looks like a Ferrari. It certainly didn't go like a … [Read more...]

A Little Project – 1953 Mochet CM-125Y

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Mochet was one of those pretty remarkable little companies that none of us have ever heard of. During the early twentieth century and operating out of Puteaux, France, Charles Mochet successfully built pedal cars for kids and, more importantly, four-wheeled pedal vehicles for adults. His two seat "Velocar" sold quite well in France among people who wanted personal transport but couldn't quite afford a car with a motor in it. Then, to address … [Read more...]

Four Doors and French – 1967 Renault Gordini R1135

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When it comes to the 1960s, a decade packed with amazing performance cars, we don't often think about Renault. And when we do, we think about cars like the Alpine A110. With the help of tuner Gordini, however, Renault was able to put out exciting, sporty versions of some of its more ordinary products. Among them were the Gordini-badged variants of the  Renault 8 sedans. Introduced in 1964, the Gordini R1134 had a tweaked 1108 cc engine … [Read more...]

In Need of Amour – 1967 Renault Caravelle

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Built for ten years and marketed primarily at the North American and British markets, the Caravelle, also known as the Floride,  is almost forgotten today. With a body by Carrozzeria Ghia, the Caravelle used the small rear-engined platform of the already popular Dauphine and with it Renault looked to compete with the Volkswagen. It was offered as a coupe, a cabriolet, and a hardtop convertible. And even though it looks like  it has … [Read more...]

Hecho en Mexico – 1969 Renault Alpine A110 Dinalpin

a-110 rally rallye

Of their many unique and entertaining machines, the A110 is the quintessential Alpine. With its classic shape, countless rally wins, and undeniable French-ness, the A110 has been turning heads and stirring imaginations ever since it was first introduced in the early 1960s. But although they always looked fantastic, it wasn't until the late 1960s that the A110's got bigger and more potent motors, thus ensuring their incredible rally success. … [Read more...]

Tempting Turbo – 1991 Renault Alpine GTA

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Renault took over small specialist manufacturer Alpine in the late 1970s, but it wasn't until 1986 that Alpine introduced their first new road car under Renault ownership, the GTA. An updated version of the A310, it had a rear-mounted PRV V-6, steel backbone chassis, and four seats. It was also light, with heavy use fiberglass and polyester in the bodywork, which came together in a very aerodynamic and striking if not exactly elegant shape. The … [Read more...]

Fast, Fun, French – 1974 Renault Alpine A110

v85 1300 rally

Renault certainly has a long and storied history, but one of their high points has got to be when Alpine built the Renault-powered A110, a car that won numerous rallies and won the hearts of many with its graceful but aggressive styling. Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 1963, the A110 took a page from the book of Lotus and used a steel backbone chassis underneath a fiberglass body, and with tweaked Renault/Gordini motors it was a potent car. … [Read more...]