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Little Classics News: 2 February 2014

Renault to Celebrate Three Anniversaries at Retromobile

Marne Taxi: Renault Type AG1 (1909)This year’s Rétromobile Show in Paris, held from 5th to 9th February, will see Renault celebrate three notable anniversaries.

Its biggest anniversary is the company’s centenary since Parisian taxis – in large part Renault Type AG1 models (above) – which found fame during the First World War. In 1914, the German army marched upon Paris. In order to hold the enemy back, it was necessary to despatch French troops to the front – a task that fell to Paris’ plethora of taxis. Six hundred of them were consequently called into service to transport 3,000 men, which resulted in France winning the First Battle of the Marne and earned the vehicles their ‘Marne Taxi’ nickname.

It will also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Renault 8 Gordini. One of the most popular sporting models ever produced by Renault is indisputably the Renault 8 Gordini, which boasted a top speed of 175kph for an unrivalled low price. Launched in 1964, this automotive icon brought the joy of sporty driving to an entire generation.

Renault 8 GordiniThe Renault 8 Gordini shone in rallying from 1964, with an extraordinary performance in the legendary ‘Tour de Corse’ culminating in four cars placed inside the overall top five, headed by winner Jean Vinatier. That impressive record of success continued all the way up until 1970.

Thirdly, a more modern classic is also being celebrated, as it is now 30 years since the iconic Renault Espace first launched.

Renault EspaceJust some of the cars Renault will be exhibiting include a recently-restored Renault Type AG1 taxi, five Renault 8 Gordinis, including a Type 1134, prepared by Renault’s competition department – all brought up to date by a special Espace line-up through time, told through eight display vehicles from the original concept right up to the current-day model.


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