Humorous French ladies overseas

Shock. It will need to have occurred in 1980, I used to be a child, and my mother and father and I have been crossing Spain by automotive. I see a humorous sedan in three sizes and outfitted with steel fenders. Check out the again of this unknown automotive’s identify: Renault Siete. Then my father defined to me that Siete means seven in Spanish, and that this automotive will not be offered in France. In truth, I’ll study later, that the Iberian market loves automobiles with separate bins, even small ones, however their peculiarities don’t cease there, even at Renault.

Renault Metropolis’s boot holds 400 liters of baggage, a lot bigger than that of the R5

After this “Siete”, I used to be shocked by the variety of R12s in circulation, some with a grille with 4 projectors, fully unknown in France, and even R8s with indicators situated beneath the entrance bumper.

Fasa-Renault 12 S, more powerful than our TS (68 hp vs. 60 hp) and equipped with integrated long-range headlights.
Fasa-Renault 12 S, extra highly effective than our TS (68 hp vs. 60 hp) and outfitted with built-in long-range headlights.

In truth, it was not fairly Renault however Fasa-Renault, named after the previous subsidiary of Régie, of which the Spanish state owns 85%. The fashions underwent diversifications for the home market, which additionally handed by way of particular engines, R4, for instance, receiving an unprecedented 850 cm3 of 32 horsepower.

The 56-horsepower Fasa-Renault 8 TS engine puts its indicators under the fenders. Here 1972.
The 56-horsepower Fasa-Renault 8 TS engine places its indicators beneath the fenders. Right here 1972.

Similar to Renault, Simca has additionally tailored its manufacturing for Spain. The 1100 was named the 1200 and the Simca 1307-1308 merely the 150. These fashions are manufactured by Chrysler España SA, a subsidiary of the Chrysler-Europe group acquired in 1978 by Peugeot. This led to some quirks. On trip in Spain in 1997, I noticed 205 vanishers go by her engine that was making cymbals. Regular, you’ll inform me, for this nation.

In Spain, the 205 was available in the GTX, powered by the original Simca block developing 92 hp. Here in 1986.
In Spain, the 205 was out there in a GTX, powered by the unique Simca block creating 92 hp. Right here in 1986.

Properly, not a lot: Spanish 205 fashions are outfitted with Simca blocks with a facet camshaft, like about 309s right here. For instance, there was a 205 GTX pushed by a Talbot 1510/Solara 1.6 liter 92 hp engine, which is form of a lacking hyperlink between the GT and the GTI. Domestically, PSA additionally produced a Solara diesel outfitted with the superb XUD9 launched in France by Horizon. Such a variant might be profitable with us, similar to the Chrysler 180 outfitted with diesel Barreiros (a model of Chrysler España SA).

Across the channel, the Peugeot 309 received a 1.6-liter 205 GTI, and was renamed SR Injection in 1986.
Throughout the channel, the Peugeot 309 obtained a 1.6-liter 205 GTI, and was renamed SR Injection in 1986.

Allow us to depart Spain to the wet and unique lands of Nice Britain. There, too, French manufacturers offered sure automobiles, a few of which might have had little success with us. I believe, for instance, of the Peugeot 309 SRi, which appeared in 1986 and is provided with a block 205 GTI 1.6 liter 115 hp along with its triangular entrance axle. Precisely what the 309 GT lacks! The GTI Peugeot badge additionally served throughout the canal rather more than in France because it adorns the 106, 306, 207 …

Simca 1307-1308 was simply renamed Chrysler Alpine in the UK, where it was actually designed.
Simca 1307-1308 was merely renamed Chrysler Alpine within the UK, the place it was really designed.

For his or her half, Citroëns benefited from a couple of identify modifications. Thus, the CX station wagon was renamed Safari, and the evasion badge worn with us may be very financially denoted throughout the channel … The diesel BX was not known as TRD as with us, however DTR, apparently as a result of TRD made one consider ‘Turd’, which suggests ‘turd’ … A number of years in the past, Simca 1307/1308 was additionally produced in England, the place it was known as Chrysler Alpine, the identify of the Rootes group that additionally belongs to Chrysler Europe.

11 hp? No, Citroën Light Fifteen, the English name for the traction that was produced in Slough. Note its defined edges.
11 hp? No, Citroën Gentle Fifteen, the English identify for the traction that was produced in Slough. Word its outlined edges.

Nonetheless, probably the most attention-grabbing French modifications are older. In truth, between 1926 and 1966, Citroën produced automobiles domestically, in Slough, utilizing in fact British gear producers, comparable to Lucas. Traction has been renamed Twelve, Fifteen, or Large Fifteen there, making the most of a richer coloration scheme than we now have, or typically even leather-based upholstery. The 2CV additionally appeared with some variations, from Slough, and was out there as a pickup for Her Majesty’s Military. Let’s not neglect both the charming Peugeot Coupe that did not work.

The Citroën DS is built in Slough, and is recognizable by its vertical plate and specific panel. Photo: nuancierds.fr.
The Citroën DS is in-built Slough, and is recognizable by its vertical plate and particular panel. Picture: nuancierds.fr.

DS/ID “Made in Slough” identifiers have been additionally manufactured and modified (vertical license plate, leather-based seats, wooden panel, and so on.). Sadly, many elements coming from France suffered from heavy import taxes and thus burdened the costs of automobiles, and thus didn’t promote effectively. Slough closed in 1966.

ID19 plate produced in Slough, England. Yes, it's all made of wood!
ID19 plate produced in Slough, England. Sure, it is all fabricated from wooden!

The same story occurred in Belgium, the place the Citroën 2CV differed from our automotive. Tintin followers will discover Dupondt’s hilarious look in “Les Bijoux de la Castafiore.” They have been produced within the Forest, and in some circumstances the taillights have been situated not on the edges of the license plate, however on the fenders. Belgian 2CVs have been exported to Germany (which benefited from a particular sequence in 1964) in addition to to Switzerland.

In Forest, we even produced 2CV known as Azam6 which captured 602 cm3 of Ami6 since 1965, when the French needed to be content material with 425 cm3. The Belgian plant, which additionally produced Panhards, DSs and even LNs, even Visas, closed its doorways in 1980.

A 2CV made in Belgium, in the woods. The differences with the French are numerous: taillights, fenders, bumper, trunk, frame ...
A 2CV made in Belgium, within the woods. The variations with the French are quite a few: taillights, fenders, bumper, trunk, body …

Let’s end our tour of Europe for French ladies elsewhere in Italy. Surprisingly, Alfa Romeo has teamed up with Renault to provide Dauphine domestically. This one has to bear loads of modifications (lighting, passing from 6v to 12v) and it isn’t known as Renault however…Alfa Romeo! It has had some success whereas, oddly sufficient, Régie continues to promote its Dauphine at La Botte, thus competing with Alfa.

Because the gross sales are appropriate, it was determined to provide the R4 on the Italian plant, the place the primary automobiles have been launched in 1962. However nothing was going effectively between the 2 companions. The French accuse the Italians of constructing automobiles badly, the Italians accuse the French of not supplying them with all of the spare elements, and on prime of that Fiat has begun to strain the Italian authorities to finish this partnership which, in any case, is a bat wing. It ends in 1966.

This is not a Renault, but an Alfa Romeo Dauphin, in 1959. The lighting and the 12-volt electrical system, in particular, distinguish it from the French.

This isn’t a Renault, however an Alfa Romeo Dauphin, in 1959. The lighting and the 12-volt electrical system, specifically, distinguish it from the French.

French automobiles have been produced in small batches in different European international locations, to keep away from customs duties. Since these not exist, apart from Brexit, curiosity in home manufacturing fashions of this or that market has disappeared, resulting in manufacturing consolidation. Touring overseas tastes much less…

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