Renault 8 is a small family car rear-engine and rear-wheel drive. It was launched in 1962. A bigger version of the Renault 8 will be launched in 1965 and it is called Renault 10. Lately Renault 10 will be replaced in 1973 by Renault 12.
Some says that the design of the Renault 8 is similar with Alfa Romeo’s Tipo 1o3 design, due to the relationship between Renault and Alfa Romeo in 6o’s. I find this resemblance somehow forced because there are too many differences between the two cars regarding the proportions. The only evident similarity is the front hood. And only the front hood!
The predecessor of the Renault 8 is Renault Dauphine which is the mechanical donor also. But as a curiosity the 8 is 3cm narrower than Dauphine. But using some thick cushioned seats wewre actualy each 60mm wider than those fitted in the Dauphine the perceived confort increaseses. The engine was improved also, and now appears the long life engine, the well-known Familly “C”. 40 years old Romanian generation knows very well this engine because in out youth was the main problem we had. Some will understand this, and the others will ask their aged friends or parents!
In January 1957 Amedee Gordini signs a contract with Renault to build 1o ooo units of Renault Dauphine. The Reanult Daphine Gordini has to be a Dauphine with the improved performance. The car was a real success and the next was the Renault 8. The 8 Gordini was the first family sporty car produced by Renault.
The model I present is a 1/24 Welly die cast. I lowered it, mounted some Tamiya Alpine A11o wheels and putted some stickers to give a racer look to my tiny yellow car.
I also added some front fog lamps for the night races.