1951 Renault Prairie - they don't get much rarer!
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    Tadpole
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    1951 Renault Prairie - they don't get much rarer!

    I have been contacted by a lady in Adelaide wishing to sell a 1951 Renault Prairie. The Prairie was a giant cross between a sedan,station wagon and London taxi. It could be seen as an early attempt at a 'people mover'. Bulbous body, with a front reminiscent of a 4CV. Suicide rear doors and the last Renault passenger car with a full chassis.

    From the advice I have been given (below) it sounds a good restorer.

    Owner says it would be about 7 out of 10 condition. Engine ran until about a year ago and probably still would (key now lost, will need new ign. switch). Needs new hood lining but otherwise upholstery ok. Original paint which probably needs little more than cut and polish. Chromework condition is fine, as are tyres. Car is very neat and clean and, apparently, still has the original picnic table it came with.

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    Was in storage for about 20 years before passing to current owner who wishes to sell for personal reasons. Car has been dated from the factory manuals (leather bound)which come with it. Assuming the dating is correct, this car would have the pre-war sidevalve engine.

    This is probably the nearest thing to a roadworthy Prairie in Australia (very few others known). The asking price is $2500 incl books.

    Don't contact me, I'm just the messenger. Instead, call Cathy on (08) 8391 6878 or 0417 323165.

    Cheers

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    Local Tyrant gibgib's Avatar
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    I wanted to know what they looked like...

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    Budding Architect ???? pugrambo's Avatar
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    you could nearly mistake the rear end of it for a 203 wagon/panel van
    interestingly it has a split rear door not unlike a panel van in say a holden
    i must admit i have never seen one but i have heard of them
    i didn't know that any existed in this country
    a real renault freak would be mad to let this one go
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    There used to be one that was regularly seen on the streets of Newtown in Sydney until a few years ago, driven by an elderly couple. It was tatty, but seemed to run OK.

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    Gone Fishin' Ray Bell's Avatar
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    It's an early Fregate, right?

    Do they have a tricky diff?

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    G'day Ray

    Nope, not an early Fregate. As I understand it, Renault brought these out because they did not have a large car - having dumped the "giant 4CV" they'd taken to prototype stage. These used what was essentially tried and tested pre-war technology. Solid axles and leaf springs. From what I've read, no major design weaknesses.
    These also came out in a rural version the Colorale (from French "Coloniale" & "Rurale") which was a two door wagon with roll-down canvas sides in the back window slots, in a ute which is very rare, and (perish the thought) in a 4WD. The Prairie is the most common, though that term is obviously relative in this context.

    Cheers

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    Gone Fishin' Ray Bell's Avatar
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    Now that rings a bell... maybe it was one of these I looked at one day somewhere around Alexandria...

    I thought it was a Fregate, but it had a cartspring front end.

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    Gents,
    This brings back memories!!!

    In my last year or two of secondary school in Sydney (1962/3), I worked on weekends at a local Renault garage near North Sydney. The workshop ute / parts delivery van was a Renault Prairie.

    My strongest memories of driving this vehicle are (a) a crash gearbox (b) the accelerator pedal placed between the clutch & brake pedal (c)amazing feeling of tank like strength (d) and for a young Renault enthusiast, a lot of fun!!

    Performance, was, from memory, steady but sure, and I seem to remember looking at the engine, and I am sure that it was a sidevalve 4 cylinder. I believe that I may have a Parts & Workshop manual at home.

    If I was in Adelaide, I would be feasting my eyes on a unique (for Australia) Renault.

    Hope it goes to a good home.

    Cheers,

    Kim.

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    Thats an interesting car I think..

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