Every time we write about the Renault Alliance here at Curbside Classic, at least one commenter wonders: “These things all suddenly disappeared from the roads in the early 90s. Where did they all go?”
I can tell you. Quapaw, Oklahoma.
(That’s kwaw-paw to you, bud.)
Have you ever noticed how once you’ve owned a particular car, you always notice them on the road? Because I owned one in the late 80s (read the story here), I immediately recognized these as they entered my peripheral vision.
This one looks like mine, an ’83 Alliance MT, which was a limited edition honoring the Car of the Year award that Motor Trend magazine (humorously, in retrospect) bestowed upon this hapless car. I think all Alliance MTs were painted this shade of gray, and mine had the same pin stripe, tan interior, and body-color wheels. I wished I could get closer to see for sure, but these Alliances were behind barbed wire. In Quapaw, Alliances are valuable items that must be protected.
Except for the flat tires, this Alliance DL looks whole, as if it might actually start.
This lot held a few vehicles other than Alliances, such as that Dodge Spirit and that ’60 Ford truck. But man, dig all those Alliance (and Encore) roofs lurking in the back row.
The mystery has been solved. The only question now is why. Do the people of Qapaw hope to make a killing selling parts to the burgeoning Alliance tuner crowd? Is the Qapaw mafia hiding the dead bodies in the trunks? (Really, who’d think to look there?) Or are they just hoarding them so none of the rest of us can have them? (That’ll teach us.)