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Renault Dauphine


Renault Dauphine

With cuddly looks and an old-fashioned engine, nobody would have guessed that the Renault Dauphine hid a fantastic chassis. But in reality, it was a great car to drive, thanks to its independent coil-sprung front end and optional hydro-pneumatic rear springing set-up. The best Dauphines were those from the last four years of production, as they came with an excellent all-synchromesh four-speed gearbox and four-wheel disc brakes. Standard cars struggled to reach 80mph (128km/h), but those tuned by French racing firm Gordini were surprisingly quick. A factory sporty version was also offered. The 1093 Rallye was finished in bright blue with garish stripes, and had a top speed of over 100mph (160km/h). It was only offered officially in France and Spain, but many were taken to other countries through private importers.

Renault Dauphine Specifications

Top speed:74 mph (119 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):28.2 sec
Engine type:in-line four
Displacement:52 ci (845 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:30 bhp (22 kW) at 4,250 rpm
Max torque:43 lb ft (58 Nm) at 2,200 rpm
Weight:1,344 lb (605 kg)
Economy:30 mpg (10.7 km/I)
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