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    Default Japanese Renault R8/10 !!!

    I was surprised by a visit from Maurice Davin, and His Hino Contessa 1300 the other day. I say it is a Japanese R8, but actually is very different in most ways. Funny the only thing that is very similar is the exhaust sound. It came for inspection for registration, after 17 years of restoration, coming fr0m NZ.

    The engine and gearbox are in the same position, the gearbox looking very similar, bur rear suspension similar to a Beetle. Front suspension rather different, and is controled by torsion bars. Intereior is very Toyota of the day.

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    Lovely example! I remember seeing a Hino Contessa at a dealership somewhere in Newcastle back in the early sixties and comparing it with an R8 I'd seen in a showroom in Wagga Wagga earlier. It looked like a space ship compared with the R8. Pity it handled like a bag of shite!

    P.S: I thought the Contessa originally had a three speed box?
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    Kim,
    It seems the 3 speeds were column shift and 4 speed were floor, and it depends on where they were shipped or assembled.

    One of the Fallen: Hino Contessa | ViaRETRO

    See post from Maurice on this sight, explains well.

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    It was along time ago but I remember poring over the brochure as an unmarried man with a car in my future.......
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    Good you posted this Ray. I drove one of Maurice's Hinos a few years back - interesting. I've seen it in bits and parts of the rear suspension are quite something - the spherical pivoting pieces at the inner ends of the swing axles for example. It's a mighty strong thing - I think of R8 with the Hino Truck Division (now part of Toyota) upscaling the engineering and the cost! Fascinating car and I'm so pleased it is at the rego stage.

    For anyone reading this from the "south east" of SA, there was a dark blue one in Mount Gambier when we lived there in 1972 and I've often wondered what became of it.

    No RERs in Peru that I've seen, although a solitary, early-model Koleos pottered past this morning. Lots of Renault-badged Dacia Dusters thought.
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    WOW!

    So these were made under licence by Toyota in Japan back in the day too?

    That interior is a work of art compared to what I expected to see inside an old 8/10.

    Interesting mix of suspension components, Toyota had all kinds of cool performance sedans at the time (Corona GT's come to mind) so I wonder why they chose that application for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geckoeng View Post
    I was surprised by a visit from Maurice Davin, and His Hino Contessa 1300 the other day. I say it is a Japanese R8, but actually is very different in most ways. Funny the only thing that is very similar is the exhaust sound. It came for inspection for registration, after 17 years of restoration, coming fr0m NZ.

    The engine and gearbox are in the same position, the gearbox looking very similar, bur rear suspension similar to a Beetle. Front suspension rather different, and is controled by torsion bars. Intereior is very Toyota of the day.

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    Looks like a cross between the Renault R8 and a Triumph 2000 Mk1
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    So this would be classed as a Renault Ricer..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 59 Floride View Post
    So this would be classed as a Renault Ricer..?
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    Quote Originally Posted by COL View Post
    Looks like a cross between the Renault R8 and a Triumph 2000 Mk1
    Both the Contessa and the Triumph were styled by Michelotti........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Luck View Post
    Both the Contessa and the Triumph were styled by Michelotti........
    That explains it then.
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    It looks to be in superb condition...
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    Quote Originally Posted by COL View Post
    Looks like a cross between the Renault R8 and a Triumph 2000 Mk1
    AFAIK the Michelotti Contessa design (no wonder it has "Triumph" elements) won an award at the time. They're pretty things I reckon. Maurice's is an NZ-assembled car if I recall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nauli View Post
    It looks to be in superb condition...
    It has had what can only be described as a meticulous restoration to extremely original condition. Maurice's work is of a special standard.

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    Last one i saw was parked behind a garage / caravan park at tyndale nsw .it disappeared some time ago probable gone to landfill ,would be interesting to also check out the skodas of the era as they also were rear engine rear wheel drive ,pugs ps excellent resto on the contessa

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    It has had what can only be described as a meticulous restoration to extremely original condition. Maurice's work is of a special standard.

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