French Classic Cars

Quirky French Project: 1924 Renault 6CV NN

We’ve all seen project vehicles where the restoration has proceeded at a snail’s pace, and this Renault 6CV (or Renault NN) is a perfect example. The owner purchased the car 30-years-ago as a restoration project, and this is as… more»

READER AD: 1980 Renault 5 Le Car

Reader Kenyon W is helping the owner of a small collection of classics get the cars moved along. The first one up is this Le Car, which has been parked for the past 25 years. It’s dusty and is… more»

EXCLUSIVE: Scotty’s 1987 Renault GTA Survivor!

It’s always a sad day when a person decides to sell a vehicle, especially when it’s been trouble-free and is fun to drive. Such is the case with my beloved 1987 Renault GTA. This is a fantastic little car… more»

French Connection: 1973 Citroen Ami 8 Break

French cars are the Rodney Dangerfield of the vehicle world, there’s no question about it. Some people – a few million of them – swear by them and would own nothing else. Here in the U.S., we never really… more»

Rare Electric: 1960 Henney Kilowatt

Although the Electric car was born more than 100 years ago, it is still a rather uncommon sight to come across a classic electric. Scarce, with some interesting key players in its development, the Henney Kilowatt was an American… more»

French Goddess: 1971 Citroen D Super

If you have never looked at one of these amazing cars, you should. Not only was the styling futuristic, but the mechanicals were downright space-age! They featured front-wheel-drive and a “magic carpet ride” hydropneumatic suspension. This one came from… more»

Solid French Classic: 1955 Citroen Traction Avant

The success of the Citroen Traction Avant can be measured on two separate levels. The first is that the car managed to remain in production, although undergoing frequent upgrades along the way, for a total of 23-years. The second… more»

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»