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Here’s a car that checks almost all of the boxes.
1) It’s French, which guarantees obscurity in the US. Even better, the car and the engine are products of long-forgotten alliances.
2) It’s a wagon
3) It features a clutch pedal
What’s missing? We say it’d be perfect with all-wheel drive and painted brown. Still, the blue is a lovely shade – even if it’s no French blue – and two more drive wheels would just bog down this four-cylinder even more.
Apparently, this was a partially abandoned project and the seller bought it and finished it. That means it has a low mileage engine swapped in and new paint. Aside from aftermarket wheels, this comes off as a preserved original in the images and we think that’s a credit to the seller.
These interesting wagons were assembled in France by Renault, but were sold in the US as both the Renault and Eagle Medallion, back in the alliance days. Further, the 2.2-liter four cylinder was a joint development between PSA (Peugeot/Citroen) and Renault. A lot of that happened, as those aware of the “PRV” V6 will note.
Anyway, this is something essentially no one expects to see in good shape and we’re glad one has been saved. Will you be its next curator?
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Miamisburg, OH, USA
$4,500 with ZERO bids and 1.5 days to go
Styling has aged pretty well, but had a bit of space age flare back in the day. It’s just odd enough around the edges to be among the last French cars sold in the US.
Front is rather anonymous, though youngsters in the US might not even recognize a Renault badge.
Back reminds us of several other wagons and hatches from the era (particularly the Mirage) and is a clean design.
The interior appears to be in excellent shape, with just a minor case of “loose cloth.” Naturally, we love the accordion shifter. We predict some future vehicle will have one as a retro touch, though it needs to happen soon.
Analog gauges and crank windows mean fewer problems!
Back seat is more than ample.
This beast have plenty ‘o cargo capacity. Why, again, do we need crossovers?
Here’s the 2.2-liter “Douvrin” four cylinder, mounted longitudinally and driving the front wheels.
Rare 5 speed station wagon. Purchased from the previous owner in 2012. It had been in storage since 1996. He purchased it with a blown engine and was in the process of putting an engine in but never finished. I trailered it home and began restoring it. I inspected the engine and discovered it is a very low mileage engine, very clean and no wear. The car now has new belts, hoses, brakes, lines, radiator, air conditioning condenser and lines, exhaust, tires and wheels. New base coat, clear coat paint. The doors, hood, and tailgate were removed for painting. It has been driven a couple thousand miles since completion. Including a trip to the Carlisle Import meet last May. The original radio does not work and the blower only works on high. The only two things that I can think of that I never got around to fixing. Probably the nicest one in the U.S.
Here’s one of our favorites, which is basically a Citroen 2CV with dual engine to yield four wheel drive. This was specifically built four exploring the French colonies in Africa, but we assume it was expensive or not too competitive with the Land Rover, given production under 700 units total.
These are now collector cars and, unfortunately, well out of our price range. Still, we love ’em and, oddly, we had never featured one! The seller provides decent information and images here. Enjoy and drool!
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Fletcher, NC, USA
$99,500 BIN with offers considered and one day to go
From this angle, this may appear to just be a 2CV with an extra spare. Enthusiasts know what it is, though.
Just a 2CV with some odd vents at the rear? I think not!
Here’s a giveaway that there power in the stern. We’re not sure that’s a stock fan, though.
Interior is 2CV simple. Note seat frames and gas tank.
Controls are different from a standard 2CV in that the shifter is on the floor, rather than high in the dash.
Here’s that shifter. No, we don’t know exactly what the lower level does, but it must have something to do with engaging the second engine (?).
This is the closest thing to an engine shot provided by the seller.
the world’s first dual-engine 4×4 vehicle; just 694 were built, and less than 30 survive today
1962 Citroen 2CV Sahara Bi Moteur
Quickly, how many dual engine street legal cars were manufactured in the last half of the twentieth century? You may be hard pressed to find another. The Citroen Sahara was a utility model built to navigate the oil rich North African terrain. It featured identical front and rear engines and could be driven using either engine or both. Unique chassis modifications resulted in durability and off road utility. The cars were hand built by the Panhard division in separate facilities from the main production plants. 694 trickled out beginning in 1958 and few survive today.
SERIAL NUMBER: 0233
After years of looking, uber micro car collector, Dr. Mac Jones, had found his Sahara. A noted broker who specializes in museum acquisitions located a French built car in the Netherlands. It had been owned by a former Citroen employee and had its original engines, transmissions, body and chassis parts. The exhaust system had been replaced. Mac refurbished suspension pieces, cleaned out both gas tanks, replaced the fuel lines and top canvas and enjoyed the car on his farm maintaining it, driving it and enjoying it for 14 years before relinquishing it to us.
After we acquired it, this Sahara has undergone a sympathetic restoration with parts sourced from Citroen Concours of America (Citroen Pieces) a former Citroen dealer who had purchased an extensive supply of OEM parts. Engine (two) out service was done; carburetors, brakes, and hydraulics were rebuilt. Paint and body panels were preserved. Wipers, brake lines, floor mats, door panels and seat covers were replaced as was a missing driver’s side mirror. Where possible, the originals were saved and will accompany the car.
It’s rare to find a Sahara in this condition, with an original hood for example; most rusted beneath the mounted spare. Most survivors had engine replacements and this example has it’s original matching numbers powerplants. This is a remarkable survivor, able to be enjoyed on road, off road or in a collection of unique vehicles.
February 2016 – Barn find, claimed to have 11,000 original kilometers. sold for €172,840 at Artcurial Paris retromobile auction. I saw this car and it was dusty and crusty and needed a lot of work.
February 2013 – Nice driver quality car, sold for $80,300 at Bonhams Boca Raton auction
October 2012 – unrestored car, similar to mine, sold for $142,500 Bonhams Simeone sale
August 2008 – Over restored shiny green one, sold for $93,600 Bonhams Quail Lodge
Bonhams Paris February 2017, Estimate $90,000 to $120,000
Just picture this in blue with Tuan (AKA Phan Đức Tô) stealing it with eggs falling out the back. You get the picture…
This is basically a 2CV with a small van body on the rear and these were in production and in use for many years. This is hard to beat from a coolness perspective, but potential buyers should take note the top speed is around 50 MPH, as proudly stated by the seller.
Apparently, this one came from France via the UK, has had a new chassis/frame installed and runs great. Further, the logo is described as “removable vinyl”. Everything is removable with enough effort, but we hope that means this is a cling or fairly new decal.
What would you do with this little beast?
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Ramona, CA, USA
What’s not to love here? Three-lug wheels are a bonus!
Here’s that 2CV front end. Note relatively modern headlamps on this 1973 example.
Rear has barn doors for easy access.
Inteirios is simple and pure 2CV. Shifter should be a rod which rotates into different positions to shift. We love it!
Here’s the 600cc powerhouse! Plastic fan again reveals this is a late production 2CV (or is that aftermarket??).
Vintage French vehicle. This 1973 had a new chassis installed in England before venturing to America. It’s a 1973 Citroen Truckette formerly used as a work vehicle in a French Village.
Has a small 602cc 2 cyl. Engine that will power the vehicle to speed for close to 50mph. Runs great, is easy to maintain. Comes with a cover tailored to the car. The logo is a removable vinyl. No more than 150 examples of these vehicles are in the USA. The car runs great. The speedo show 87,716 Kilometers or in miles that is 52,629 miles
We’ve posted Fuegos before, including one very low mileage example, but this one is the nicest we’ve seen in a long time.
So, this may be the best Fuego that will ever come up for sale; but we must wonder why the mileage is so low. Whatever mechanical failure might have taken it off the road, it’s claimed to be a nice runner now and we see now evidence of fire damage. That’s all good news.
Bidding hasn’t started yet with an opening bid of $6,500. If you must have the nicest Fuego possible (and we certainly wouldn’t buy one in poor condition), this should be worth it to you. Of course, you might want to seek psychiatric help, too. Okay, okay, we must admit we love it.
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Lakeland, FL, USA
$6,500 with ZERO bids, reserve not met and 5.5 days to go
American youngsters won’t know the diamond badge, but Gen X and older know Renaults. Mostly, we were taught to avoid buying them. Note the small turbo badge.
From this angle, you start to see the finned, black plastic that occupies the belt line of the Fuego.
Yes, there’s a lot of that plastic. Overall styling here has aged fairly well – it was pretty awkward at the time and now seems a bit more classic. Yes, that’s another small turbo badge.
Okay, this angle is just awkward. Of course, that means we love it.
Rear reveals that awesome badge and even more finned, black plastic.
Layout is pretty standard for a French car. Note the desirable manual shifter.
These seats look quite supportive for the day and the cloth should grip nicely.
Back seat looks so new that it may never have been used to conceive Franco-Americans.
C-stack reveals obligatory 80s boost gauge and classic, two-shaft radio.
As with all hatchbacks, storage space if ample and goes to impressive with the seats folded down.
Here’s the mighty 1.6L I4 turbo. Things are pretty clean under the hood.
CELEBRATING THE START OF OUR 10TH YEAR MAY 1ST !!!
LIFETIME ONE OWNER FLORIDA CAR – LOW MILE SURVIVOR
1982 RENAULT FUEGO TURBO COUPE
35K original miles
Just arrived, this ultra rare Renault is the only one we can find in the USA for sale.
Purchased new by a senior citizen in Lakeland, Florida in 1982, every one of the
35K miles was driven by the one owner. Now in his late 80’s, he has decided to
thin down his car collection. For the collectors looking for a rare 1980’s model,
here you go. Now it is ready for its new owner to love and pamper.
Always garaged and pampered, this car is a great example
of Renault’s cult turbos from the 1980’s…
This car very nice original paint in its factory Red. Factory original
Gray velour & vinyl bucket seat interior and door panels.
Original dash, carpet and headliner.
Factory alloy wheels and older radial tires. We have a new set of tires on order.
This lovely car has been well cared for by its prior owner
and will look great in your new garage…
The car is equipped with the factory 1.6 Liter Turbo four cylinder engine
with factory five speed manual transmission.
Cold factory air conditioning
Body has no accident damage … the underside is as nice as the top !!!
Garage kept, pampered and serviced, this car could not be nicer.
This car has been refreshed, detailed and ready to drive or show.
FEATURES AND OPTION INFORMATION
EVERYTHING WORKS INCLUDING THE CLOCK!!!
100% laser straight, rust free sheet metal
Very nice but not perfect original factory Red paint
Original Gray velour & vinyl interior & original door panels
Ice cold factory air conditioning
Very nice bumpers, cladding and soft trim throughout
Original 1.6 Liter fuel injected Turbo four cylinder
Original AM/FM stereo and speakers
Factory alloy wheels & older radial tires – new set on order
35K garage kept miles since new
Value in collector cars is all about the right color combination and original condition.
I deal in low mileage, original cars & trucks… This is truly a fine example of Renault’s rarest !!!
As a full time business, I buy original, low mile classics to keep, refresh, or restore and sell.
Inspections prior to auction end are not a problem and are encouraged.
ORIGINAL MILE TITLE IN HAND
My vehicles are fully repaired and refreshed, ready to drive on arrival.
No dealer repairs their cars like we do. We charge more money for
our vehicles but we make the repairs so you don’t have to. Please
visit our website “About Us” tab to understand what makes us different !!!
Call to work out a buy it now. Asking price means just that !!!
I SPECIALIZE IN LOCATING PRISTINE CLASSIC CARS.
EXCELLENT HISTORY OF CAR EXPORTS FOR OUT OF COUNTRY BUYERS.
SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL ME ON
MY CELL PHONE – 863-xxx-xxxx
Inspections are welcome. The car is for sale locally and if sold, the auction will be canceled.
Please remember, this is a 34 year old car.
I am representing it as accurately as I can based on my knowledge
and have tried to give as much information as possible.
It is being sold without warranty and as is…
It drives and handles like brand new !!!!
Apparently, there were loopholes in French vehicle registration and licensing that led to a number of “cars” which could be driven by anyone age fourteen or higher and with no license. These are called “voitures sans permis.” Today’s feature is an example of one known as the Mini-Comtesse and is offered by none other than the Lane Motor Museum.
Anyone who knows oddimobiles knows and loves the Lane Motor Museum. Apparently, they do sell off a car or two from time to time, though we don’t know why. The ad clearly points out that this one runs and drives, but they don’t recommend driving it cross-country. We can understand that!
Bonus item: Sport Car Market/USA Today video
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Nashville, TN, USA
$6,000 with ZERO bids and 1.5 days to go
It may be bigger than a Peel P50, but this is still tiny. Note the interesting opening of the left-side door.
The right side is front-hinged, but otherwise more conventional. This is rumored to exist in case the vehicle tips onto its right side and traps the driver.
Yes, the doors do close.
Front view reveals large logo.
Controls are simple. Choke label is pretty typical of Lane Motor Museum.
As the owner in the video noted, this 60 KPH speedo is optimistic at best.
Here’s an image of the front wheel and the single-cylinder engine. Yes, it’s all one assembly. Actually, we should say front center wheel because there are three front wheels if one counts the training wheels.
Lane Motor Museum is selling some projects that we are never going to get to and some cars that we have duplicates of. Rare French microcar – runs and drives. Lights work, ready to go, but don’t expect to drive to California. Actual mileage unknown. A personal inspection is highly recommended. Email for an appointment. Please do not show up and expect to see the car without an appointment. Car is sold with a Bill of Sale only.
This awesome example of post-war French styling is fittingly for sale in Roswell, New Mexico.
As was often the case with post-war European vehicles, this H van had a very long life cycle. Given it’s a commercial vehicle, this one pushed the limits with production from from 1947 to 1981. The original design used a lot of what was available at Citroen at the time, which means this is a front-wheel drive vehicle – unusual at the time for a fairly large van. Given this is a later example, however, this one comes with a diesel that might motivate it a bit better than the other 1.9- and 1.6-liter fours used in these vans.
This is a claimed solid and mechanically sound van, and the cargo area is ready for hauling stuff; but not people. This van has previously been used by a band and a caterer and seems ideal for proudly representing another business. The $10K bid seems reasonable for something this cool and unusual, assuming no surprises are found. Obviously, EPA is okay with this, but we’re not sure whether any US states have problems with registration or smog testing, given these were never officially imported.
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Roswell, NM, USA
$10,000 with ZERO bids, reserve not met and 5 days to go
UPS brown looks perfect on this oddball.
The seller includes plenty of post-apocolyptic shots.
Strange from any angle!
Right side door slides open.
Here’s the only shot of the engine.
The top section of the rear doors swings up to access cargo, and the lower doors can also be opened.
Cockpit appears to be in very good shape.
Everything about this is minimalist, which is appropriate for a 1940s design that changed very little over the years.
Here’s the cargo area. Depending on usage, a refinish may not be needed.
For sale, this rare 1979 Citroen HY Indenor (Diesel) Van. This is a good and solid van, with very few mechanical or rust issues. It spent almost it’s entire life in the vineyards of Burgundy and received major mechanical work prior to being shipped to the U.S. The radiator block was replaced, as were the crankshaft main seal, the fuel injectors, the fuel pump was rebuilt, the clutch replaced, brake system replaced, new tires, all lights and wiring replaced, the van also received a major tune-up and the seats were reupholstered. It has been used as a catering van and a band van. The van is located in Roswell,NM and has a clear New Mexico Title.
The R8 is one of the most unusual-looking (or least usual looking?) small sedans, which means we love them! This example awaits you in Lawndale, CA and has been upgraded with a 1.1L engine. Yes, that’s an upgrade vs. the base 0.956 liter unit…
French with a rear-mounted engine – what’s not to love? With the blue paint and driving lamps, this has a semi-Gordini look, with without the price or performance. Still, this will be the talk of any Cars and Coffee and should be a cool cruiser. It will be up to the next owner to decide whether to go full rally or keep this the way it is.
The seller provides pretty good pics, but not much other info. The condition appears to be excellent. Missing are any engine shots – hopefully, the condition matches what we can see. If all is well with it, we think this is a lot of coolness for $5,500.
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Lawndale, CA, USA
Here’s the face that looks like no other. We love it!
From other angles, this car is a bit more conventional, although the rear deck is long due to the rear-mounted engine. It won’t be easy to find a bumper in the US…
The interior is simple and nicely finished to make for a great color combination. We don’t see a tach, but there are ways to address that.
Split bench front likely means European families of six fit into these. Seats are in great shape, just don’t look for lateral support.
We love the painted and semi-covered doors for the contrast, as well as the utilitarian door pulls.
This very clean Renault 8 has been upgraded to 1100cc. The car is driver quality and has very nice paint, interior, and some nice upgrades. This is a very cute car to drive and has the European rally look.
The previous owner put a lot of time and effort and money into this Renault and it is fun to drive.
There is a video of this particular car up on YouTube so please feel free to search it. We are not asking a lot of money for this Renault 8. It would be a perfect coffee car for the weekends or to keep at your holiday house.
As is often the case with true Oddimobiles, this is a package deal with a rolling chassis (with title) and a donor car with the mechanical bits. If you really love Citroen Meharis – like us – this could make for a great project!
A great many new and used parts come with this sale and the seller has done a great job with the photos. Are you willing to take on this big project to end up with something like this?
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Mount Wolf, PA, USA
$1,725 with ten bids, reserve not met and 1.5 days to go
Mehari A (looks red in the pictures)
title in my name
70.000 mi. (no guarantee that mileage is correct)
no engine, no transmission
body in fairly good condition, with very few minor cracks
frame in good condition
side panels have also very few minor cracks and small, but fixable, damage in rear
US (headlights) version front grill in good condition
suspension in good working condition
windshield glass in good condition, and windshield frame that requires only minor work
I have spent over 2000$ in new parts (I also have all original invoices), including:
European (headlights) version front grill (incl. frame) and rear panel
matching complete front headlights set
front floor cover
2 cylinders, complete pistons
electronic ignition with high tech coil
and too many other parts to list (see picture)
Mehari B (looks white in the pictures) as donor car for mainly engine and transmission
62.408 mi. (definitely has more mileage); previous owner said that engine was replaced.
body and frame in bad condition
transmission should be OK, but I never drove it – previous owner drove it in Florida, and then parked it for 20+ years
engine, with outside oil filter, turns over freely
Engine, transmission, and all engine parts are complete as I bought it 5 years ago, and should be put into Mehari A. The car will have other usable parts.
Additional engine that turns over only 350 degrees, with inside oil filter.
Engine and transmission parts from another engine, many other spare parts, 2 spare wheels, brake drums, etc. Some may be good, others not – I never checked.
I also have manuals and books that come with the Mehari mainly in English, some in German, and also 1 repair/restore book in 5 languages (192 pages with many illustrations/drawings). Unfortunately, I have no soft top, but the frame is in OK condition. 2 out of the 4 seats could probably be restored.
If you buy it, I can tell and show you how to fix the cracks (no polyester) to make them look as good as new.
I am interested to sell everything AS IS only in 1 package, and not in separate parts, because I need the space for my ongoing other car project. What you see on the pictures is what you get – sale is final, no returns, NO REFUND, no warranty, no guarantee!! Willing to keep them stored for another month after full payment. If you pick them up, I can help load it. Willing to ship nationally and internationally, but you will have to arrange for shipping, handling and payment. For questions and additional pictures, please email me or 717 xxx xxxx.
Someone donated this awesomely odd 1986 Peugeot 505 diesel wagon, probably because it doesn’t have a clutch pedal. Could their tax write-off become your project?
This Peugeot 505S turbo diesel wagon has about 240K on the odometer, which means the engine is barely broken in, but the car around it might have some issues. The seller, a major donated car liquidator, says this car runs and drives well; so that’s something. It seems this car has suffered mostly from sun damage. The paint is so oxidized, that you could probably wear a flat-bill hat in this car and pass it off as “matte paint.” The interior, on the other hand, needs some help.
If this had a manual trans, it’d be the perfect 80s oddity. With an automatic, it’s almost there and the bidding is staying low enough that this might make an interesting parts hauler for the right buyer, unless someone buys it planning to take on a swap. Of course, a modern turbo diesel swap would be awesome, and a diesel might get past CA smog laws.
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$405 with 11 bids and 8 hours to go
Orange, CA, USA
Iconic (to people who like unusual cars) front end is pure 80s Peugeot. Surely, one or your teachers or professors drove one of these.
Wagons have just the right proportions, though the wheels look small by today’s standards. If you buy this, please don’t change them unless they’re period correct!
Rear end shows 505S badge, but no diesel badge. Is this the anti-sleeper?
Passenger side sheet metal looks straight to us.
There’s no pesky sunroof to leak.
Cockpit is all business in true euro style and doesn’t look as dated as domestics from this period. It’s hard to tell, but we think we see dash cracks.
It’s French, so you get the obligatory Jaeger gauges. Note boost gauge!
In a French car, you don’t get normal controls, but these aren’t too wacky. Pull-out ashtray is awesome and probably had some professorial pipe smoke in it over the years. Note the heated seats, too.
Upholstery hasn’t survived too well, so you’ll want to budget that in. At least it’s neutral grey leather.
Even the rear is shot here. Given the damage is along the seams and matte paint wasn’t available back then, this seems like sun damage.
There’s no shortage of cargo space here!
Up for auction is a 1986 Peugeot 505s Wagon that was just recently donated to a national charity and is now being sold at NO RESERVE.
THIS VEHICLE IS LOCATED IN ORANGE, CALIFORNIA.
This 505s is equipped with a 2.4 Liter 4 Cylinder Turbo Diesel Engine and Automatic Transmission. Odometer reads 239,688 Miles. It appears to have all the standard equipment. The exterior is Burgundy in color and has Gray Leather interior. Please see photos for more detailed description of vehicle and its overall condition.
THIS VEHICLE RUNS AND DRIVES/HAS BEEN LOCALLY ROAD TESTED
IT IS EQUIPPED WITH A 2.5L 4 CYLINDER TURBO DIESEL ENGINE AND A AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
A/C DOES NOT WORK
FRONT WINDSHIELD IS BROKEN
LEATHER INTERIOR WITH SOME WEAR(SEE PICTURES BELOW)
EQUIPPED WITH WHEELS AND TIRES APPEAR TO HAVE 35% ROAD LIFE-LEFT
ALSO HAS SOME SCRATCHES, MINOR DENTS,RUST,SCUFFS AND PAINT FADE(SEE PICTURES BELOW)
LOCATED IN ORANGE, CA.
VEHICLE COMES WITH A CLEAN CALIFORNIA TITLE
REGISTRATION STATUS:JUN 2015