Are you looking for something different? I mean, really different? If so, this 1960 Renault Petite-Panel Van is what you’ve been looking for. This cool and unusual hauler is on Craigslist with an asking price of $3,000. As you can see, the body looks like it’s in very decent condition, which is a good start for you to turn it into a regular hauler, a camper van, or any number of other uses. It’s in Los Angeles, California.
The seller has it listed as a “Hi-Boy“, but that would actually have an extended top on it, this is a Petite-Panel van. They could have just been throwing down search words for folks looking for a Hi-Boy. This is actually a Renault Estafette van and they made several different configurations, even a pickup was available as well as an eight-passenger version.
What a fantastic little van! Dig that step into the driver’s seat! Not to mention the tres chic sliding door on that side, I love it. There are a few little dings and dents, but rust-wise it looks like it’s been saved that scourge.
You can see that the passenger would have gotten a regular door as opposed to a sliding door, but there is a sliding door on the side for entry to the back as well as a unique configuration of rear-opening doors.
I don’t know if that seat fabric or pattern is original to 1960 or not, it almost looks late-80s/early-90s to me, at least color-wise. It’s in good shape and that’s a good thing, it’s one less item on your restoration to-do list. You can see that the doghouse/engine cover is off for an upcoming engine photo! I know, a rare engine photo for a Craigslist ad! The dash isn’t forehead friendly at all and the next owner may want install shoulder belts to keep from being thrown through that perfect and huge windshield.
Other than having some “stuff” in the back, it looks decent, too. I’m not sure what all of that is but I wish they would have taken it out for the photo. That’s the problem with storing a vehicle like this, it becomes a mini-storage-unit itself when it’s in a storage unit. I’m assuming this van has been in storage given its industrial photo location and the tow strap in front for the photos.
Speaking of tow strap, this “engine does not work”, according to the seller. It sure looks good and I’m sure that the next owner will be able to trouble shoot whatever problems there are. Or, just rebuild the whole thing as long as it’s out. Yeah, but, but.. how does a person even get that engine out, Scotty G?! I’m glad that you asked, it’s as easy as removing the engine from a VW van! Except this one is in the front and this is a front-wheel drive van. The original engine for these vans would have been an 845 CC inline-four Renault with around 45-50 hp. However, this ad includes a photo of a tag reading “British Leyland Ltd – Model: Spitfire – Family: TC/50C – 91 cubic-inches.” Maybe Jamie or one of you other British car experts can tell if this is a replacement engine. It definitely looks like a Renault engine to me so I’m not sure what that tag would be for? In either case, it doesn’t run so it’ll have to be addressed. Have you seen a Renault Estafette van before? I can think of a dozen uses for this cool hauler!