1960 Renault Dauphine from Australia and New Zealand
Fun fun fun, just don't crash!
The gearbox went, a head gasket, the clutch, and the starter motor; not much else beyond routine issues.
When I bought this car for $650 the seller had had the engine rebuilt, fitted a Renault 10 transaxle, with a 4 speed synchronised gearbox, and disc brakes. Converted to 12 volt.
I drove the Dauphine all over the east coast of Australia; twice from Melbourne to Brisbane and back. With the 10 box, 4th gear was like an overdrive; it would get to 100kph (eventually) and sit there all day (until you hit a hill). When a truck passed in the other direction at speed, you'd grip the wheel tightly, as she's not very heavy. When the starter motor went (turning over at twice the speed with 12 volt), I drove it for about 6 months just roll starting it or using the crank!
Driving the Dauphine was always fun. Super-light steering, funny little front seats which made the car feel bigger inside than it was. The engine was easy to work on. No oil filter, so oil changes every 2-3000km were necessary. Radial tyres are essential; on crossplies it was a pig.
Why did I sell her? No idea.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th November, 2015