Back in the 1950s, everyone was optimistic. "We'll soon be able to go to space! We'll soon eradicate polio! We'll soon nuke the Russians," the People would say. Even the French were optimistic, though in their case that meant selling a small, rear-engined car in a sea of big chrome.
We already know the best cars for eating highway this summer. What is the absolute worst car you could drive instead?
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!
The Renault Dauphine isn't the most reliable, well-built, or powerful car to come out of France. That's why mechanic Jonathan Burnette is taking one on an epic road trip from Austin, Texas to Alaska — more than 7000 miles.
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.
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.