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Rare Rides: The 1984 Renault Fuego, or Feu d’Artifice

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Again within the early Nineteen Eighties, Renault/Jeep/AMC sellers bought fairly the various lineup of automobiles within the North American market. Shortly after it obtained a fifty nine % possession stake in AMC, Renault launched a brand new sporty coupe that was assuredly lit.

Come alongside and take a look at the Fuego.

We’ve had some Renault automobiles earlier than within the Rare Rides collection. First up was the Alliance GTA – the Renault inbuilt the exact same Kenosha, Wisconsin manufacturing unit (and on the similar time) because the Chrysler Fifth Avenue. Then got here a later model of Renault’s 5, in GT type — a modification of the LeCar that People didn’t very similar to. Most lately we went full-fats with the mid-engine R5 Turbo, which North America definitely by no means acquired. It was asking a tidy $122,000.

At the moment’s Fuego could be had for a lot lower than even the gross sales tax on that R5.

Because the Nineteen Seventies drew to an in depth, Renault wanted a alternative coupe for the 15 and 17 fashions, which have been fascinating wanting however very dated. Beginning with the conservative 18 sedan’s underpinnings, stylists at Renault drew up a sporty coupe physique to entice the brand new purchaser of the ’80s. Suspension and interior elements have been new and distinctive to the Fuego when it debuted in 1981, however would filter into different Renaults as time handed.

Renault was decided that the world would pay attention to the Fuego, so it threw some know-how its method. For 1983, it was the primary car with distant keyless entry. It was additionally the primary 4-seat sports activities car designed in a wind tunnel. There was additionally a turbodiesel model, which in 1982 was declared the quickest diesel car on the earth. Prime velocity of that diesel was 111 miles per hour. One other first: There have been radio controls on the steering wheel in 1983, paving the best way for Pontiac steering wheel buttons within the years to return.

The Fuego was out there between 1982 and 1985 at AMC sellers. Turbo fashions have been out there within the U.S. from the outset, that includes a 1.6-liter inline-4 producing 107 catalytic-dosed horsepower. The naturally aspirated 2.2-liter engine was the one different choice — a Peugeot unit producing round 114 horsepower in American purposes.

Although the Fuego bought properly internationally and acquired a positive score from American journalists (MotorWeek review under), clients weren’t so eager. The design group at Renault wasn’t completely happy, both, as the large bumpers and sealed beam headlamps required by American laws interfered with the design’s unique concept.

American Fuego gross sales reduce off a few years earlier than the remainder of Europe, which acquired the coupe till 1987. It continued even longer in South America, the place you may purchase a brand new one at your native Renault vendor via 1993. At the moment, cash issues at Renault pressured the cancellation of the Fuego II (which was to look just like the Alpine GTA), and the coupe’s alternative in North America — the Alliance GTA we mentioned beforehand.

The 1984 mannequin we’re eyeing right now is presently situated someplace in Indiana, in all probability close to some corn. It features a guide transmission and a purple/black interior scheme to match the exterior colours. Fuegos got here standard with a excessive degree of kit for the time, and this one’s no exception. There’s non-practical AC, plus a CB radio. Unsurprisingly, it wants a few issues, however general seems clear and strong. Listed on eBay with no reserve, maybe the B&B can set up a worth for this scorching ticket merchandise.

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