1970 Renault 10 S 1.275 from Australia and New Zealand
Something light, something different!
Needed a full brake overhaul. That's it.
I bought this car in 1991. A green 10S. The S means that they had the bigger Renault 12 engines, a floor choke (rather than the automatic choke), and a rounded dial dash including a tachometer. The couple in Frankston who sold it to me told me that they had bought it for their son, who didn't like it... For a RWC it needed brake work, mainly the master cylinder, and other bits and pieces, to be replaced. These cars have 4 wheel disc brakes.
Unlike our American friend, I can attest that these are fantastic cars to drive! But be circumspect. 1.1 + litres of power,(not 0.7) will propel this unbelievably light steering car to speed limits quite quickly. I could have met disaster doing 80mph (130ks+) near Bordertown; a back tyre blew, and I was lucky that I had only spun off the road and hit nothing. NOTE. Put on good Michelins, don't put on fat wheels, 'cos it buggers up the whole feel of the car!
Great city cars, very reliable, easyish to work on!?, and with a noise of their own. They rust. The front boot is a rust trap.
I have had two, and I hanker to own a third; but they are getting old.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th February, 2017