Rambler Rogue? No, Renault Torino!

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One of the cars in the above illustration is a '79 Renault Torino, while the other is a '65 Rambler American. Notice any similarities? The story of the Renault Torino isn't just the usual case of a US automaker selling the tooling for an obsolete model to a South American manufacturer, nor was it a simple re-badging of a US model for license-building abroad. No, the Torino is the result of an early chapter in the twisty tale of the Renault-AMC story, which resulted in a unique-to-Argentina vehicle, based on the Rambler American Rogue but with body redesigned by Pininfarina and a Kaiser-designed engine under the hood. The Torino became a legend in Argentina, selling like crazy and having a fair bit of racing success, including a major N rburgring triumph in 1969. Torino production halted in 1982, a dark year for car freaks in Argentina.

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I grew in Buenos Aires and my uncle's family always bought brand new Torinos. The last one they had was a 1978 Torino TSX was stolen and retrieved over four times. "La sensacion de volar" was the TV and print ad campaign. Nobody has uploaded the old commercials to YouTube yet so if you have please do.

Here is some Torino pRon:

a 1974 - http://www.geocities.com/andres_t73/Fot…

The '78 TSX ad plus

http://www.geocities.com/andres_t73/Pub…

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Finally two links to Torinos on sale in ARgentina. (I even heard that one was given as a gift to Castro)

http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-26040541-t…

http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-26105688-v…