Judging by the license plates the Renault owners who visited the Renaultoloog Festival came from Belgium, Germany, France, the UK and -of course- the Netherlands. Maybe I’m forgetting a few. The international event took place for the 3rd time.
This year’s edition was held on the 10th and 11th of September in Kronenberg, in the south of the Netherlands. But given the sunny and warm weather and the laid-back atmosphere it almost felt as if we were in the south of France. How appropriate.
Here’s a 1957 Renault Dauphinoise. In 1956 Renault renamed the Juvaquatre Break (wagon) to Dauphinoise. The Juvaquatre model was built from 1937 to 1960.
1961 Renault 4CV, showing its 747 cc 4-cylinder rear engine.
1965 Renault Dauphine Gordini.
1965 Renault Caravelle S convertible.
From 1965 to 1974 DINA from Mexico, best known for their buses and trucks, built the Dinalpin A110. That’s DINA plus Alpine A110.
The highly successful and beloved Renault 4. More than 8.1 million of them were built, from 1961 to 1992.
An early one, this 1964 R4. Like the 4CV further above, also powered by the 747 cc engine.
Now here’s something special, a 1984 Renault 4TL Sinpar. This 4×4 model, powered by the 845 cc Ventoux engine, was originally used by the French Air Force.
Another prominent model in Renault’s car history is the 5. Built in two generations, from 1972 to 1996.
This 1984 Renault 5 Automatic is a typical -and clean- example of how most people remember the R5 and its looks.
The second generation was introduced in 1984, above a 1990 Renault 5 GTE. Powered by a 1.7 liter 4-cylinder engine. That’s a big engine for such a small and light car.
And now the turbo kicks in ! Splendid 1987 Renault 5 GT Turbo. Under its hood a 115 hp 1.4 liter engine with a Garrett T2 turbocharger.
Now then, personally I don’t know any other car model with such a split –Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde- personality as the R5 range. Meet Mr Edward Hyde: a 1982 Renault 5 Turbo. Rear mid engine, rear wheel drive, 160 hp from its 1.4 liter turbocharged engine.
Of course we just can’t get enough of these, so here’s a 1984 Renault 5 Turbo 2.
Renault 11 TXE. Mind you, with 5 velocidades ! The 1983 Renault 11 was basically the hatchback version of the 1981 Renault 9 sedan. The TXE has a 82 hp 1.7 liter engine.
A Renault 12 trio.
From Germany, this Renault 12 automatic. The 12 was introduced in 1969, and while the French production run ended in 1980, the production in other parts of the world continued for many years.
A part of the Renault 15/17 family, a good number of them showed up, as can be seen in this article’s first picture.
1973 Renault 17 TL.
And another 1973 17 TL.
Under no circumstances the Renault 16 may be absent at any classic Renault show or event.
1967 Renault 16, powered by a 1,470 cc 4-cylinder engine.
1976 Renault 16 TL.
1984 Renault 18 GTL American. The 18 was introduced in 1978 and was available as sedan and wagon.
The 20/30-series was Renault’s new 1975 top model. An executive car, only offered as a 5-door hatchback. It was also the first Renault model with the (then new) 2,664 cc PRV V6 engine. Pictured a 1981 Renault 30 TX.
Renault 21 2 L. Turbo. That means it has a fuel injected and turbocharged 1,995 cc SOHC 8v engine, good for 175 hp. The 21 was built from 1986 to 1995 and was offered as a sedan, hatchback and wagon.
The successful Renault 25 executive car was introduced in 1983. Above a 1991 Renault 25 V6 Baccara, the most luxurious trim level. The engine is the 2,849 cc PRV V6.
1990 Renault 25 V6 Injection. Comfortable, roomy inside, practical, excellent handling.
The Safrane (no numbers anymore) replaced the 25 in 1992. And just like the 16, 20/30 and 25 it was only available as a 5-door hatchback. Pictured a 1993 Renault Safrane 2.2si RT.
1982 Renault Fuego GTX 2 litres.
The European equivalent of the contemporary Dodge Caravan (known as Chrysler Voyager in Europe), a 1992 Renault Espace RT 2.2i.
The current Espace model.
First generation Renault Twingo with an attitude.
2002 Renault –ahead of its time– Avantime with a V6 engine.
2005 Renault Vel Satis. This model was Renault’s executive car from 2002 to 2009, the one above is powered by a 2 liter turbocharged gasoline engine.
This is the last generation of the Renault Laguna, a D-segment car. Pictured a 2009 Laguna wagon.
Besides the hatchback and the wagon there was also this very neat Laguna coupe.
Renault’s current D-segment model is the Talisman, available as sedan and wagon. That’s right, no hatchback anymore.
We end this part of the tour with a few go-fast models, like this 1987 Renault Alpine V6 GT (1984-1991 GTA generation).
And a 1979 Alpine A310 V6.
In part two we will have a look at all the other on-and off-road vehicles that Renault built and still builds.