Classic Sports Cars; 1960 Renault Floride Convertible
The Floride was unveiled at the 1958
Paris Motor Show. A small rear-engined convertible designed by
Pietro Frua at Carrozzeria Ghia, it used the floorpan and engine of
the Renault Dauphine sedan. The now infamously slow Dauphine running
gear was something of a burden for the car however and it was dubbed
"a sheep in wolf's clothing" by the media in its early years. A
model tuned by Renault performance guru Amedee Gordini was sold,
which produced 40 hp (30 kW) as opposed to the standard model's 35.
The Floride was launched in the United States and Canada as the
Renault Caravelle a year after its introduction in Europe.
The Floride's body style, particularly the front end, has been acknowledged by former BMC designers as an inspiration for the MGB.