Renault Le Car: The Opp & Lock Review

[Full disclosure: Torch wanted to review my Renault Le Car so badly, he asked if he could and then moved 3,000 miles away. So, I'm through waiting for him to come back and am reviewing it myself because it's my car, what makes you think that Volkswagen-loving mother scratcher would do a better job?] » 2/04/15 6:48pm 2/04/15 6:48pm

RIP Renault 5 Maxi Turbo

Final race of 2013 FIA European Hill Climb Championship takes place in Buzet, Croatia this week end - today it's time for practice heats. This is how it ended for one of the drivers, Italian Gianfranco Muzio and his wonderful (well, slightly less wonderful but still badass gorgeous, battle scars ftw) Renault.… » 9/14/13 11:39am 9/14/13 11:39am

Renault-Packed Colorado Warehouse May Turn Earth Into Hell Project…

Some of you might have wondered where in hell Rocket Surgery Racing found the 1956 Renault 4CV that served as the basis of their Index of Effluency-winning LeMons car. In the conveniently-located Warehouse Of French Hell Project Doom, of course! » 8/21/10 1:00pm 8/21/10 1:00pm

And the Real Winner Is...

When you bring a Renault Le Car with skunk tail and fur to a LeMons race, you've already got a big jump on the Index Of Effluency competition. All you need to do is keep the thing running all weekend. » 6/06/10 10:50pm 6/06/10 10:50pm

Sunroof, Great Mileage Can't Keep This Le Car Out Of The Junkyard

A few months back, I spotted this '82 Renault Le Car in the "fixer-upper" section of an East Bay wrecking yard. "How much?" I asked. "800 bucks!" was the reply. Nobody bought the little Renault, and now it's Crusher bait. » 6/05/10 4:00pm 6/05/10 4:00pm

What Would Hefner Drive? Malaise Era Car Ads From the Pages of Playboy

The Baksheesh Table at the Detroit Irony 24 Hours of LeMons was fairly groaning under the weight of all the beer bribes— they love their beer in Michigan— but one team mixed it up with a December 1977 Playboy » 4/24/10 3:00pm 4/24/10 3:00pm

When Was the Last Time You Saw One of These in California?

This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the Island That Rust Forgot. You don't see a lot of Renault 5 Turbos down on the American street! » 3/14/10 5:30pm 3/14/10 5:30pm

Heartbreak: Index of Effluency-Dominating Le Car Gets Upside Down

We spent the day watching the Crewe Le Pew Renault Le Car buzzing around the track. No black flags, no mechanical problems. Sure, it was incredibly slow, but it had the look of a survivor. Then: disaster! » 2/20/10 10:15pm 2/20/10 10:15pm

Engine Of The Day: Renault Ventoux

As we continue to work on the Ultimate Engine Survivors Honor Roll, certain engines start to stand out for their incredibly long lifespans. Here's one that was built in some form from 1947 through at least 1997. » 1/16/10 5:00pm 1/16/10 5:00pm

Renault 5 Takes Off-Road Shortcut In Pursuit Of Citroën CX

We can't tell you what cheezoid cop show you're watching, nor can we tell you why the chiseled good guy in the Renault 5 is pursuing the obvious baddie in the Citroën. » 11/22/09 11:00am 11/22/09 11:00am

R5 Turbo 2 for Le $27,000!

Thanksgiving is getting close and you may need to be prepared if asked to carve the turkey. Nice Price or Crack Pipe thinks you should practice on some canyons, and has a Renault that's pretty sharp for the task. » 10/30/09 9:00am 10/30/09 9:00am

The Jalopnik Top 20 Classic Renault TV Commercials

Even though Renault never had a big presence here in North America, we can still admire the TV commercials for their cars. Spanning the spectrum from salacious to surreal, Renault ads rarely fail to entertain. » 2/22/09 11:00am 2/22/09 11:00am

Nice Price Or Crack Pipe: $39,500 For A 1984 Renault R5 Turbo?

We're on a four-straight Crack Pipe roll, with 68% of you directing the $37,995 Ferrari Mondial to take its sorry self to Booth Number Two. Will today's car be the one to break the streak? » 1/30/09 8:00am 1/30/09 8:00am

Smooth And Fast As A Bullet Train: The 1981 Renault Le Car


Was the Renault Le Car (aka Renault 5) really the best-selling front-wheel-drive car in the world in 1981? From the country that brought us the bullet train, here comes the Le Car! » 1/22/09 1:30pm 1/22/09 1:30pm

Nice Price Or Crack Pipe: The $5300.83 Renault Le Car?

How much is too much for an interesting old car? The Renault Le Car (that's a Renault 5 to you Yurpeans) is pretty interesting, all right, but $5300.83? Nice Price… or Booth Numbah Two? » 12/16/08 8:00am 12/16/08 8:00am

Drive Like An Egyptian In Your Renault 5!

British car buyers felt alive in a Renault 5 » 11/25/08 2:00pm 11/25/08 2:00pm, the , but only the Spanish could drive a 5 right into a world of hieroglyphs and ancient Egyptian cassette decks. ¡Comprate un oasis!

Were The 80s More Fun In A Renault 5?

In North America, it was called the Le Car, and it served as the basis for the way-cooler-than-the-EV1 Lectric Leopard. But over in Yurp, the boxy little Renault hatch was known as the 5, and it apparently inspired Britons in the Late Malaise Era to experience life as a sort of mashup of thumping late-70s disco and… » 2/21/08 12:20pm 2/21/08 12:20pm

Renault 5, Rockin' Yer Face!

The Pete Best of subcompacts stands up and shouts without words in this oddball German clip. We can safely say that the Le Car has seen a million faces, but has it truly rocked them all? You make the call. Sorry about the muffly sound quality. Now let us see your lighters out there! » 7/13/07 5:45pm 7/13/07 5:45pm