Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: 1990 Dacia 1310 TLX – The Near-Immortal Borat-Mobile

posted by Roshake

The Dacia 1300 and its variants was built in Romania from 1969 to 2004, making it one of the longer-lived cars. It is of course a Renault 12, or it started out as one. Over time, it sprouted new grilles and such to keep it looking a bit fresher than it actually was. The R12 was not exactly the most beautiful shape to keep going for so long; the simple boxy Lada was better suited for immortality.

As to my headline, I can’t help but always equate these with a certain movie character:

Since the Kazakhstan scenes in  “Borat” were actually shot in Romania, it only makes sense that a Dacia would be used for this role.

I don’t have time for a more detailed history of the Dacia 1300 lineage, but it’s not for lack of interest or because it’s not worthy. I have a lot of respect for cars that have proven themselves over the long haul in often challenging environments, proving tt the rest of us that certain old Renaults are a lot tougher than we tend to give them credit for.

I did do a Cohort post on the most unusual variant in the family: a double cab pickup with RWD, no less.