Our French-themed Pick: A 1963 Renault Dauphine 1093


For this market pic, Nostalgia Productions is featuring a rare classic from the French-themed Market – a 1963 Renault Dauphine. Leclere Motorcars, the selling company, is putting this car on the market at the Avignon Motor Festival.

Unveiled in March 1956, the Renault Dauphine was created as a replacement for the small rear 4 CV sedan. Despite its success selling over 500,000 units, the Dauphine was able to sell four times over. With a staggering 2 million units sold, the Dauphine became a basis for the development of modern European car industry. In addition, it can be a daunting rally competitor in spite of its moderate power.

After one Renault Dauphine triumphed in a 1958 Monte-Carlo rally, the company decided to launch a special version. Thus, the Renault Dauphine 1093 was born. This version was made to match the elements of that winning rally car. Over time, these special version models have won numerous competitions.

This particular Renault Dauphine featured in our market pick once belonged to Jean-Pierre Nicolas, a former rally driver and a director of Peugeot Sport. He was also part of the well-known “musketeers” who triumphed in the first World Rally Constructors’ Championship with Alpine held in 1973.

It is a white Réjane (Valentine 305) with blue stripes marking the center of the vehicle vertically. This Dauphine 1093 also features the following:

a Gordini-tuned motor, Jaeger counters,12-volt battery, Autobleu exhaust manifold, a firmer suspension, a Ferodo-reinforced clutch, a 4-speed box, a black interior dashboard, and a Cibié 180 mm headlights

As part of limited series production, this is a quite rare vehicle. This Dauphine has been meticulously maintained and still remains mechanically-sound up to now. It is now sold around €24,000 – €29,000.

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