Renault 8 1962 posters

Renault 8

The Renault 8 and Renault 10 were two popular compact cars released by the French manufacturer Renault during the 1960s and early 1970s. The 8 was released in July 1962 and was based on the outgoing Renault Dauphine. It featured the up-to-date technology of 4-wheel disc brakes, something rare for a vehicle of its size. It was fitted with a 956 cc engine developing 44 PS. In 1964, a new version of the 8 was released - the 8 Major. It came with a 1108 cc engine giving 50 PS of power. Renault also released the 8 Gordini, with a tuned engine boasting 90 PS and a five-speed manual transmission along with a uniquely blue design featuring two white stripes. The premium model of the 8 - the Renault 10 - was released in 1965 and it marked the debut of a fully automatic transmission in any Renault car, with a push button gear selector. In 1967, the 8 Gordini was redesigned with two extra headlights and its engine was upgraded to 1255 cc with 100 PS. The 8 and 10 were heavily revised in 1968, the 8 Major replacing the regular model. Rectangular headlights were added to the 10. The 8S, a sportier version of the 8 with a 1108 cc engine rate at 60 PS, was also unveiled. In 1970, the bigger 1289 cc engine from the new Renault 12 was added, creating the R10 1300. Renault stopped production of the 8 and 10 for France in 1971, although sales lasted until 1973. In Spain, their production was carried on by FASA-Renault until 1976.

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