Renault Caravelle (1959-1968)
The Renault Caravelle is the manufacturer Renault, which was built by the beginning of 1959 to mid- 1968 as a 2 2- seater convertible and as a 2 2- seater Coupé ( " Sport Sedan " ), a car.
Based on the Renault Dauphine was primarily designed for the American market. Outside of North America it was known as the Renault Floride in the first four years, but was then also in Europe the name Caravelle.
An early prototype was shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1958. In October of the same year, the final car was unveiled in Paris and production started in early 1959 to. The American public was presented at the New York International Auto Show in early 1959. American buyers had to because of supply difficulties, however long in her car.
The design of the body was by Pietro Frua, whose company was acquired by Carrozzeria Ghia in 1957. The Société des Usines Chausson, the part of the Renault Group and especially as a manufacturer of buses was announced in 1959, built the body.
The Caravelle had a rear engine, so the car tended with rear swing axle oversteer. The first engine had a displacement of 845 cm ³ and brought a power of 34 hp. Amédée Gordini revised 1960 engine, so he finally made 40 hp.
Mid-1962, the Caravelle was largely revised when the new R8 replaced the Dauphine and the Caravelle was the engine of the R8 with 956 cc displacement with 44 hp. From 1964, the 1.1 -liter engine in the new R8 Major was used, which made 47 hp. As of August 1965, by a Weber- register carburetor from 52 hp.
Production was discontinued in July 1968. As an indirect successor acted introduced in the summer of 1971 Renault Models 15 and 17