Thursday, 8 November 2012

1962, Cars: Renault 8

The Renault 8 (model R1130) was released in June 1962. The new car was based on the Renault Dauphine with which it shared its basic architecture and wheelbase. The design looks similar to the Alfa Romeo prototype tipo 103 (1960). Alfa Romeo and Renault had a business relationship in the 1950s and 1960s. The Renault 8 was powered by an all new 956 cc engine developing 32 kW. A distinctive innovation on the French produced cars was the fitting of four-wheel disc brakes, a first for a saloon/sedan car of this size.
Renault 8 1962
Alfa Romeo prototype tipo 103
Renault 8 Major
Renault 8 Gordini
 
The more powerful Renault 8 Major (model R1132) was released in 1964. It had a 1108 cc engine developing 37 kW. Also in 1964 the Renault 8 Gordini (model R1134) was released with a tuned engine of the same capacity but developing 66 kW.
Renault 8 Gordini
Dacia 1100
Renault 8 German Advert
 
Production:
  • 1962–1973 (France)
  • 1965–1976 (Spain)
  • 1966–1970 (Bulgaria, as Bulgarrenault 8)
  • 1968–1971 (Romania, as Dacia 1100)



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