Renault Super 5 Hatchback Is Spotted Down on the Parisian Street

Jackson Wheeler
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A few weeks ago, we admired a beautiful 1961 Rover 100 found parked in York, England, and now I’ve gone back across the Atlantic for more overseas Down on the Street adventures.

antiq photo in paris

Murilee Martin

I was in Paris for a few days and decided to visit an amazing antique camera store in the 6th Arrondissement, as one does.

citroen c15 parked on the street in paris

Murilee Martin

Citroën stopped selling vehicles in the United States way back in 1973, but you’ll see the products of the now-Stellantis-owned brand everywhere in Western Europe. Most of them aren’t particularly interesting, but then I spotted this C15D delivery van on my way to the Métro station.

citroën c15 parked on the street in paris

Murilee Martin

The C15 was based on the Citroën Visa, and it stayed in production for better than 20 years. It seems like the ideal work vehicle for the hectic, crowded streets of Paris.

renault super 5 parked on the street in paris

Murilee Martin

You won’t see many 20th-century cars on the street in this part of the world, thanks to a combination of rust and stringent safety inspections, so this 40-or-so-year-old Renault parked in the upscale 6th really stood out.

renault le car magazine advertisement

Murilee Martin

The final model year in which American car shoppers could buy new Renaults was 1988, and the last genuine sales success story for French-built Renaults here was an Americanized version of the 5 badged as Le Car.

renault super 5 parked on the street in paris

Murilee Martin

Sales of the Le Car were never overwhelming, but the 5 was a massive success elsewhere, selling more than nine million examples during its 1972-1996 production run.

renault super 5 parked on the street in paris

Murilee Martin

This one is a second-generation car, known as the Super 5 or Supercinq. The hatch shows GTL badging, which if correct means this car was optimized for fuel economy.

renault super 5 parked on the street in paris

Murilee Martin

I say “if correct” because it appears this car is a mashup of body parts from more than one Super 5, and that hatch and its emblem may not be original.

citroën ami 6 wagon abandoned in the french woods

Ronan Glon

I decided to consult with French automotive journalist Ronan Glon, who owns an alarmingly large collection of hooptie French machinery. Here’s a Citroën Ami 6 wagon that he found abandoned and half-buried in countryside and dug up in order to extract parts for his cars.

He says the best guess for today’s Down on the Street Renault is that it’s a 1984 or 1985 model with major swaps of body parts from other cars. The license plate shows it was built with the carbureted 1.1-liter engine, but the French government plate database doesn’t show model years for vehicles.

renault super 5 parked on the street in paris

Murilee Martin

Whatever its exact model year and trim level, it’s a survivor to be respected.

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Jackson Wheeler is a skilled editor at Speedofdaily.com, specializing in automotive content. With a background in Journalism and Automotive Engineering, he combines his passion for cars with his writing expertise to deliver captivating articles. Jackson's deep knowledge of automotive technology and his racing experience make him a valuable asset to the team, providing readers with informative and engaging content.
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