Renault Floride Cabriolet Convertible Manual
1962 Renault Floride Cabriolet Convertible, equipped with the optional 4 speed manual. Finished in Kilimanjaro White with red cloth interior. Showing 38,434km, originally sold by Renault Sweden AB with 7 owners over its 60 years. Chassis number 58485.
The car has undergone extensive restoration in its time and was completely repainted in 2016 including the engine bay and has a fully original interior. Being the Cabriolet Convertible model it includes the desirable hard top. This car also features the 845cc 4-cylinder engine developed by Renault performance guru Amédée Gordini, distinguished by a ‘G’ on rocker cover. It produced 40 hp as opposed to the standard model’s 35.
The pretty little Renault Caravelle, or Floride as it was badged outside North America and Britain, was a two seater sports car manufactured between 1958-1968. Rear engine and rear wheel drive, it used the same floorpan and engine as the Dauphine as well its drum brakes, mechanicals, rack-and-pinion steering, and a fully independent suspension. The styling was penned by renowned designer Pietro Frua of Carrozzeria Ghia and no doubt borrowed from the ‘golden era’ of car design happening in the American market it was aimed squarely at.
With its chic styling, modest performance and frugal engine, this classic and collectable convertible would be just as at home in a stylish capital as a sun drenched coastal resort. It runs beautifully, looks fantastic and would make a great addition to a classic enthusiasts or collectors garage.