1961 Renault Dauphine 860 cc
A forgotten treasure that brings back excitement into driving!
When I first purchased the car (for NZ$750) the fuel was not reaching the engine, so after replacing the fuel line, and spark plugs, she runs again!
With 'exciting' handling on its original tires, we decided to change the tires to new radials that were brought off a friend.
Now the Renault Queen is stable, reliable and with that rear engine, it is really fun to drive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st July, 2004
I have not been driven in a Dauphine since my childhood in the sixties, but I have always wanted to own one and drive one. It was the most magical little car ever!
It was small but cute. Three forward gears did not provide much power range. And the first gear was not synchronized, so when running out of speed going uphill in the Rockies, I had to come to a complete stop before shifting into first gear. Oh, how the Western ranchers behind me loved it! But the tiny engine provided 40 mpg. And my little girl loved to sleep on the back seat. The 1960's -- alas, it was all long, long ago...