1978 Renault 17 Gordini 1.6 Fuel Injected


Unique grand touring car that should have achieved more acclaim in its day


The 17 Gordini was rescued from neglect and brought back to life, so its failings were understandable.

A clutch was replaced when purchased.

All fuel lines replaced, gaskets, and air pollution control devices.

Interior trim frail to begin with and front seats wore badly, as did electric fabric sunroof and its motor.

General Comments:

A great, comfortable touring car with a giant, electric canvas sunroof that makes long distances feel like simple jaunts.

Town driving tedious due to heavy, non-powered steering.

No buffeting from cross winds and once up to speed, it is a true cruiser.

Alpine seats terrific, as is the light action of the clutch, brake and accelerator pedals.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2002