French Classic Cars

French Connection: 1972 Citroen SM Coupe

Citroen is a French manufacturer whose offerings have always been bold, daring, and controversial. The SM Coupe was no exception to this rule, and in spite of strong sales in the USA, the car disappeared from the American market… more»

Make Mine a Gordini: 1963 Renault Dauphine

The Renault Dauphine is one of those early European economy cars that lingers on classifieds pages as an affordable entry into vintage automobile ownership. If you can get over the lack of speed, the Dauphine is a much more… more»

Restore or Parts? 1964 Facel Vega III

The Facel Vega is called a lot of things, but rarely is it labeled a parts car. Restoration candidate, sure. But a parts car? Well, these Vegas show up often as total project heaps, a phenomenon I’ve never really… more»

Just Immaculate: 1962 Renault Dauphine

Conceived as the replacement for the 4CV, the Renault Dauphine was built between 1956 and 1967. During its 11 year model run more than two million cars rolled off the production line, but like so many cars of the… more»

Really Rare Renault: 1984 Renault Rodeo

One of my best friends of all time has a son who is, or at least was, heavily into Legos. He would build some amazing creations. It probably helped that my friend is an architect so their kids were… more»

Super Mini: 1978 ACOMA Super Comtesse

I’ve always wondered why such a tall guy like myself loves small cars so much. I say that too often but here we go again, I can’t help myself. This 1978 Super Comtesse, all 5.5-feet of it, can be… more»

Sturgis or Bust: 1960s Valmobile Scooter

If showing up to Sturgis on yet another black Harley-Davidson with the exhaust baffles removed ensures that you’ll be lost in a sea of similar bikes, look no further than this 1960s Valmobile portable scooter! This unusual and rare… more»

Runs and Drives: 1963 Citroen 2CV

When you are looking at purchasing a classic car, you can sometimes tell from the advertisement that you are dealing with an enthusiast with a sense of humor. When I looked at the ad for this 2CV and saw… more»

Worth The Effort? 1962 Facel Vega HK500

From 1954 through 1964 Facel produced some of the sharpest looking “executive express” cars in the world. Known first as the “Vega” and then the “HK500” (and eventually the “Excellence”) these cars were big, stylish and fast. This one… more»

Bread Van, Anyone? 1963 Citroën Acadiane

One of the highlights of owning a van project like my 1981 Toyota HiAce is how functional it is even when I’m not using it. I can store all sorts of crap in the back while it’s just sitting… more»

Roll Your Own Classic: Delahaye 165 Wood Forming Buck

We’re all experts at forming sheetmetal here at Barn Finds, right? So a project like, say, building a replica of one of the most sensuously curvaceous interwar French classics is all in a day’s work around here, but sometimes… more»

Restore or Parts Car?: 1965 Citroën DS19

When your neighbor on one side of you brought home a new Mustang and the neighbor on the other side bought a new Riviera, there was no question who the college professor was when you pulled into your driveway… more»

Soft Roader: 1977 Renault Rodeo 6

Renault has made some curious vehicles over the years, and this one is right up there with the best of them: an “off-road” vehicle known as the Rodeo 6. This one is not surprisingly listed for sale in Poland,… more»

Winnebago Built: 1990 Renault LeSharo

I know many of you are waiting with fierce anticipation of updates to my 1981 Toyota HiAce project, and I’ve not forgotten you – but the camper conversion is still a few months (years?) away, so this 1990 Renault… more»

Looks Can Be Deceiving: 1961 Citroën DS19

The Citroën DS has polarizing looks—some of us find it beautiful, others of us find it strange or even repulsive—but I think we can all agree that we’ve seen prettier examples than this ’61 DS19. But! While it may… more»

Long Before Tesla: 1969 Mars II Electric

It’s no secret that electric cars are nothing new, but we tend to think that there was a vast gulf between the electric broughams of the early days of automobility and the advent of the modern electric era with… more»