A Century of Cars: 61. Solido 1964 Renault R8 Gordini
The Renault 8 (Renault R8 until 1964)
and Renault 10 are two small family cars produced by the French
manufactuer Renault in the 1960s and early 1970s. The 8 was launched
in 1962, and the 10, a more upmarket version of the 8, was launched
in 1965. Both ceased production and sales in France in 1971.
The R8 (model R1130) was released in July 1962 and was based on the Renault Dauphine. The car's most notable distinction was its use of four-wheel disc brakes, a first for a car of its size. The 8 was powered by an all new 956 cc engine developing 44 PS (32 kW; 43 hp).
A more powerful model, the 8 Major (model R1132) , was released in 1964, featuring an 1108 cc engine developing 50 PS (37 kW; 49 hp). A still more powerful version, the 8 model R1134 Gordini, was also released that year, with a tuned engine of the same capacity but developing 90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) and with a five-speed close ratio manual transmission. The Gordini was originally available only in blue, with two stick-on white stripes. In 1965, the Renault 10 Major, a more luxurious version of the 8 with different front and rear styling, was released, replacing the 8 Major. Early R10 had round headlights.