French Classic Cars

Return of the Adobe: 1984 Renault LeCar

The French, despite being our longest running allies, are too often the target of jokes told by silly Americans.  Who here among us hasn’t imitated a snooty Parisian waiter or enjoyed laughing at movies that ridicule their eccentric Gallic… more»

The Nicest One Left? 1978 Renault 17 Gordini

One of the Renault models that we had in the U.S. was the 17, along with the LeCar. For years those were the only two Renaults sold here. Looking back on it now, I can’t believe that even those… more»

French Diplomat: 1952 Citroen Traction Avant

When it comes to cars that could be labeled as truly ground-breaking, the Citroen Traction Avant would have to feature in that category. It was a car that brought a number of new ideas to the automotive table, and… more»

Your New Food Truck? 1973 Citroen HY Van

When it comes to vintage trucks and vans, it’s hard to deny their appeal strictly from a character standpoint. There’s something about a rig that’s been used for mundane tasks and assignments that survives to live a nice retirement… more»

French 3-Seater: 1983 Talbot Matra Murena

Here’s a rare bird: a 1983 Talbot-Matra Murena with the larger 2.2L four-cylinder engine. This particular car (and brand) was not seen in North America, but the Murena was imported early in its life into Canada, arriving in Montreal… more»

French Classic: 1990 Peugeot 405 Mi16

As a manufacturer, Peugeot has had an interesting history. Although they have long been known for producing fairly sedate and bullet-proof small to mid-sized cars, every now and then they will unveil a car that is something quite special… more»

UPDATE: 40 Years in a Barn: 1924 Renault NN1

UPDATE – After featuring this 1924 Renault NN1-6CV last fall, it’s for sale again here on eBay in Monticello, Maine with a much lower opening bid price of $5,000. FROM 9/4/18 – If you’re looking for something that is… more»

Rare French Classic: 1960 Facel-Vega

When I look back at all of the various cars that I have written about for Barn Finds, I have definitely written about many that have been in a sadder state than this 1960 Facel-Vega, but I doubt that… more»

UPDATE: Stored Since 1991! 1969 Simca 1204

UPDATE – After featuring this Simca a little over a year ago, it’s for sale again here on Craigslist in Armada, Michigan with an asking price of $700 or best offer. Thanks to Roger for sending in this tip!… more»

Rare French Convertible: 1968 Peugeot 204 Convertible

Here in the English-speaking world, we would refer to this Peugeot 204 as either a Roadster or a Convertible. In France it would be known as a “Décapotable.” It is a car that was designed by famed Italian design… more»

Meet George Jetson: 1959 Citroen ID 19

We were recently chatting about how groundbreaking in design the Studebaker Hawk was compared to some other offerings at the same time, but this 1959 Citroen ID 19 blows them all out of the water! This futuristic (even now)… more»

Closet Find: 1926 Louis Vuitton Train Case

Don’t worry, there’s a good reason this is on Barn Finds! Before Louis Vuitton became a famous fashion brand, they produced trunks. You know, the kind you strapped onto the back of your motor car! You may not remember… more»

1st of Only 43 Made: 1960 Henney Kilowatt

The 20th Century was littered with so many unusual and interesting vehicle companies that I wonder if anyone has ever come up with a comprehensive list of every different car company? Probably not, but now I have something to… more»

Muscular Le Car: 1990 Renault 5 GT Turbo

Having gotten my first Renault just two short years ago, I have evolved into being a big fan of them, especially cars from this era. This 1990 Renault R5 GT Turbo can be found here on craigslist in beautiful… more»

Maserati-Power: 46k Mile 1972 Citroen SM

When it comes to producing quirky and interesting cars, Citroen is a manufacturer with a history littered with more examples than most. From the utilitarian and practical 2CV through to cars like this 1972 SM, there is little chance… more»

Wooden Cage? 1947 Citroen U23 Truck

I’m not sure what this 1947 (it says both 46 and 47 in the ad) Citroen AX wood-bodied truck was originally designed to carry, but I do know it was carried from France to Canada at some point and is… more»