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    Default Renault R10

    I never owned one of these but I know them very well, drove them for many miles/kms: suggested to many girlfriends from the 70's to 90's. Had a friend in the '60's who was even then a Renault tragic. He had many Renaults, but the one of his I remember most was a 750 with a worked 16TS motor and a 10s box: had the power to weight ratio of a space shuttle.

    The 10, I believe, was and is one of the best compromise cars of all time: Very comfortable, precise handling, very low fuel consumption and...God forbid.. fun to drive. Carpet, stereo? Meh! Beautiful light gearbox changes, excellent even clutch travel, 4 wheel discs brakes, visibility that really meant you could see. Spirited when asked and ready to be a shopping cart when required.

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    I really wish they'd make it again, just like it was. There is almost no part of this car that I couldn't make by hand.

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    Well, a few changes would be a good thing.

    Those four wheel discs locked fronts (in the wet especially) -so, ABS would be nice.

    The 3.7 turns steering was stupidly slow for such a light front - so, 3.3 or 2.5 would be nice.

    Swing axles can be made to handle by restricting their travel but that's poor for ride - so, wishbones & double jointed half shafts would be nice.

    But yes, it was a nice beastie, even bog standard on ghastly Michelins.

    You would, I think, like the new Twingo (& perhaps the Smart will look less like a Fiat 500 clone than the Twingo).

    cheers! Peter

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    And they had no problems with cross winds or the front doors falling off either!

    Still I liked them too.
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    I reckon they're a pretty cool thing and a lot of fun. They're also one of the few older cars these days that are still very cheap to buy and get parts for . My ultimate aim is to have a Dauphine with R10 suspension, brakes, steering, gearbox and a RS Clio 172 engine . That will compliment my R10 1.4L and my 17TL powered 4CV nicely . Then I just need the time and funds to do them all up

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    J=Man,
    That is a nice Dauphine. Do you know its history????

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    Quote Originally Posted by geckoeng View Post
    J=Man,
    That is a nice Dauphine. Do you know its history????

    Ray
    Hi Ray, I believe it was built by a guy in Nairne SA (5 minutes from me) but I don't know him or if he's still in the area, but it was built years ago and sold to someone in Japan. I could be wrong though ...

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    Hi All,

    The owner of this Dauphine sold it to a guy in Darwin, he had an R10 with fat wheels and a 1.4L in it which I bought and the Dauphine was just about to be picked up by a transport mob. Sweet car! 16TS engine, twin webers etc. He was from Blakiston JMan.
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    Golly Anthony, that's even closer to me! So if it was the Plum or chocolate brown R10, then I've spoken to the guy a few years ago! Small world hey!

    Sorry to hijack the thread Richard
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    Quote Originally Posted by J-man View Post
    Golly Anthony, that's even closer to me! So if it was the Plum or chocolate brown R10, then I've spoken to the guy a few years ago! Small world hey!

    Sorry to hijack the thread Richard
    Yep it was Barossa Red, I think I remember you mentioning you chatted to him at Bauldy's servo?
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    Quote Originally Posted by R10S FAN View Post
    Yep it was Barossa Red, I think I remember you mentioning you chatted to him at Bauldy's servo?
    Yep, that's the one, and yes, I followed him from Hahndorf
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    Quote Originally Posted by J-man View Post
    Golly Anthony, that's even closer to me! So if it was the Plum or chocolate brown R10, then I've spoken to the guy a few years ago! Small world hey!

    Sorry to hijack the thread Richard
    Personally, I approve of thread hijacking. A thread is a conversation & conversations move around a bit &, if people want them to, can move back again.
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    Hijacked? Surely you mean appropriated!
    If it spreads the love and reminds someone of the R10, possibly enough to save one..great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-man View Post
    I reckon they're a pretty cool thing and a lot of fun. They're also one of the few older cars these days that are still very cheap to buy and get parts for . My ultimate aim is to have a Dauphine with R10 suspension, brakes, steering, gearbox and a RS Clio 172 engine . That will compliment my R10 1.4L and my 17TL powered 4CV nicely . Then I just need the time and funds to do them all up

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    I would have thought that the trouble with the Clio engine is that it's an F series & they're a tad heavy. My choice would be a bike engine if you want something better than an R5 Alpine or R16/17. When choosing between the latter pair for my 4CVG (I chose the R5 Alpine), I was tempted by a Subaru flat 4 as a wildcard but now like the idea of a bike motor better.

    cheers! Peter

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4cvg View Post
    I would have thought that the trouble with the Clio engine is that it's an F series & they're a tad heavy. My choice would be a bike engine if you want something better than an R5 Alpine or R16/17. When choosing between the latter pair for my 4CVG (I chose the R5 Alpine), I was tempted by a Subaru flat 4 as a wildcard but now like the idea of a bike motor better.

    cheers! Peter
    Interesting thought Peter! I've never looked at torque curves for those 4 and 6 cylinder engines, but they certainly have power and light weight on their side, and reliability I gather. Alan Moore may comment - he is a bike collector too and knows his stuff.

    Trust all well at your end.

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