Stylish baguette getter: 1961 Renault Dauphine
Up for sale here on Craigslist is super rare 1961 Renault Dauphine. The Dauphine was France’s answer to the VW Beetle in the 50’s and 60’s. An 845cc rear mounted water-cooled engine is mated to a three speed floor-shifted transmission and delivers a whopping 27 horsepower. Never designed to cruise the interstates, the Dauphine is much more at home in-town and is an awfully stylish way to get to the bakery or cafe. Recent work includes a machined head and head gasket, new water pump, new fuel pump, cleaned and coated fuel tank, new fuel lines and filter, new brake shoes on all wheels, new wheel cylinders, new brake lines and a carburetor rebuild. The Renault runs, drives and stops. The body is in good shape although the paint shows some wear. The headliner, passenger seat and rear bench are in good shape but there is some tearing in the driver’s seat. The frame and rockers are all sound. The floor boards have surface rust but the only holes are on the passenger side (see pictures). Clear title. $3500 or best offer.
Feel free to email with questions or to set up a time to check it out. The Renault is in Athens.