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    Hey that's a pretty swish looking car, I wonder if it has the dash mounted hocky stick gear change..
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    Quote Originally Posted by 59 Floride View Post
    Hey that's a pretty swish looking car, I wonder if it has the dash mounted hocky stick gear change..
    Couldn't justly claim to be an R4 without it I reckon
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    He's completely missed the point. Just because Ghia gave the original a touch-up prior to release doesn't mean an R4 has style. It doesn't. R4 philosophy is light weight, low maintenance, large wheel articulations, interior space. Mr Bendorfer's (or Photoshop's) reinterpretation has just created another small baby crusher. It will be relatively heavy, it will have a relatively small interior, and it won't have a huge wheel travel. Modern technology will give it low maintenance.
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    I think modern takes on early iconic cars is great. I love the new Fiat 500; there's no mistaking where that design came from even though it's no longer rear engine/rear drive but it still has the same cute appeal that the original had. I wish they'd do the same with some early Renaults like the Dauphine and 4CV (not just one-offs). I'm sure they didn't sell 1 million 4CV's and 2 million Dauphine's because people didn't like their look. You can't help but smile when you see one, so why not do reproduction 4CV's and Dauphine's, even if it means sitting them on a Clio platform?
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    Quote Originally Posted by J-man View Post
    I think modern takes on early iconic cars is great. I love the new Fiat 500; there's no mistaking where that design came from even though it's no longer rear engine/rear drive but it still has the same cute appeal that the original had. I wish they'd do the same with some early Renaults like the Dauphine and 4CV (not just one-offs). I'm sure they didn't sell 1 million 4CV's and 2 million Dauphine's because people didn't like their look. You can't help but smile when you see one, so why not do reproduction 4CV's and Dauphine's, even if it means sitting them on a Clio platform?
    Patrick De what's his name was asked about retro styling when the delectable Fiftie was made. He said he preferred to style through the windscreen not the rear vision mirror. A tad uncompromising... Why people buy Golfs without boots is quite beyond me though. I agree re the Fiat though - great styling exercise and maybe quite a good smallish car. Like the Mini, and this R4-ish thing, it completely misses the point of the original though. One of the last really original small Renaults is the Series 1 Twingo I reckon, apart from the Twizy perhaps. Not available in RHD unfortunately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    Patrick De what's his name was asked about retro styling when the delectable Fiftie was made. He said he preferred to style through the windscreen not the rear vision mirror. A tad uncompromising... Why people buy Golfs without boots is quite beyond me though. I agree re the Fiat though - great styling exercise and maybe quite a good smallish car. Like the Mini, and this R4-ish thing, it completely misses the point of the original though. One of the last really original small Renaults is the Series 1 Twingo I reckon, apart from the Twizy perhaps. Not available in RHD unfortunately.
    Well, personally, despite its pseudo-500 styling, I favour the new Twingo as a fairly original, unusual anyway, take on the small car - at least mechanically.
    I hope the Smart version looks more unusual and comes to Oz.
    And I wish that the Zoe prototype's look had made it to production - say, as the Twingo.
    cheers! Peter

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-man View Post
    I think modern takes on early iconic cars is great. I love the new Fiat 500; there's no mistaking where that design came from even though it's no longer rear engine/rear drive but it still has the same cute appeal that the original had. I wish they'd do the same with some early Renaults like the Dauphine and 4CV (not just one-offs). I'm sure they didn't sell 1 million 4CV's and 2 million Dauphine's because people didn't like their look. You can't help but smile when you see one, so why not do reproduction 4CV's and Dauphine's, even if it means sitting them on a Clio platform?
    or Twingo platform?

    Peter

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