In Need of Amour – 1967 Renault Caravelle

Built for ten years and marketed primarily at the North American and British markets, the Caravelle, also known as the Floride,  is almost forgotten today. With a body by Carrozzeria Ghia, the Caravelle used the small rear-engined platform of the already popular Dauphine and with it Renault looked to compete with the Volkswagen. It was offered as a coupe, a cabriolet, and a hardtop convertible. And even though it looks like  it has … [Read more...]

Hecho en Mexico – 1969 Renault Alpine A110 Dinalpin

Of their many unique and entertaining machines, the A110 is the quintessential Alpine. With its classic shape, countless rally wins, and undeniable French-ness, the A110 has been turning heads and stirring imaginations ever since it was first introduced in the early 1960s. But although they always looked fantastic, it wasn't until the late 1960s that the A110's got bigger and more potent motors, thus ensuring their incredible rally success. … [Read more...]

Tempting Turbo – 1991 Renault Alpine GTA

Renault took over small specialist manufacturer Alpine in the late 1970s, but it wasn't until 1986 that Alpine introduced their first new road car under Renault ownership, the GTA. An updated version of the A310, it had a rear-mounted PRV V-6, steel backbone chassis, and four seats. It was also light, with heavy use fiberglass and polyester in the bodywork, which came together in a very aerodynamic and striking if not exactly elegant shape. The … [Read more...]

Fast, Fun, French – 1974 Renault Alpine A110

Renault certainly has a long and storied history, but one of their high points has got to be when Alpine built the Renault-powered A110, a car that won numerous rallies and won the hearts of many with its graceful but aggressive styling. Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 1963, the A110 took a page from the book of Lotus and used a steel backbone chassis underneath a fiberglass body, and with tweaked Renault/Gordini motors it was a potent car. … [Read more...]

French Featherweight – 1958 Deutsch-Bonnet HBR 5

DB doesn't just stand for David Brown. It represents a very successful and very French partnership that actually predates the English industrialist's takeover of Aston Martin. Engineers Charles Deutsch and René Bonnet set out to build racing cars in the late 1930s as the predictably named Deutsch-Bonnet, or DB. Initially just interested in racing, the two ambitious partners decided to build cars to run on both road and track to expand business … [Read more...]

Joie de Vivre – 1973 Citroën DS 20

It's hard not to like a big Citroën, especially the legendary DS. In a word, the car is just quirky. The wild interior, styling from the future, inboard front brakes, hydropneumatic suspension and semi-automatic gearbox make for one unique car. Its surprising successes in rallying also add some sportiness to the mix, and the DS's role in saving the French President from a violent death gives it some historical importance as well. … [Read more...]

A Purist’s Peugeot – 1937 Peugeot 402 Cabriolet

In a discussion of classic French luxury cars and the swoopy, flowing cabriolets of the 1930s Peugeot is usually not the first name to come up, but Peugeot is actually a company with a long and fascinating history. They didn't always make cheap little hatchbacks. For example, Peugeot was one of the major players in Grand Prix racing during the teens, and the sporting Darl'mat cars made a name in sports car racing during the 1930s, all the while … [Read more...]

Coachbuilt and Quick – 1950 Delahaye 135M

On the list of great French automakers, Delahaye is certainly near the top. Like plenty of other great carmakers, Delahaye also had no coachworks of their own so therefore had to outsource the bodywork to individual coachbuilders. … [Read more...]

An American From Paris – 1959 Facel Vega HK500

In 1959, there was only place to go for someone in interested in owning the biggest, brashest, American-style coupe: France. … [Read more...]

Go Shorty – 1984 Renault R5 Turbo 2

Putting a turbocharged, rear-wheel-drive drivetrain in a very short wheelbase creates a car of ferocious speed, wild instability and terrifying driving dynamics. But there’s a downside, too. … [Read more...]