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1965 Renault R8 Gordini 1100 [R1134]

1965 Renault R8 Gordini [R1134] in Killer Elite, Movie, 2011 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: FR — Made for: AUS

1965 Renault R8 Gordini 1100 [R1134]

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DynaMike NL

2011-11-13 11:45

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RHD version :)
New bumpers and still a side strip: 1965 only. Were those orange indicator lights mandatory in Australia ? (In France these were white).

dsl SX

2011-11-13 15:26

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What's the LHD convertible?

ingo DE

2011-11-13 17:40

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Looks like a Mercedes 190 SL.

bref FR

2012-03-06 18:43

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Big headlight and blue color, a Gordini 1100?

dsl SX

2012-03-06 18:49

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I'd say small light so not Gordini (compare eg /vehicle_3603-Renault-8-Gordini-R1135-1967.html ), though is mentioned as Gordini on forums. Also a RHD Gordini would be a very interesting find.

bref FR

2012-03-06 21:55

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I know R1135 (Gordini 1300) has Four headlight, I'm talking about the Gordini 1100, R1134, with larger headlight than the regular R1130

dsl SX

2012-03-06 22:31

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I couldn't find a good R1134 photo on imcdb so used a R1135. But compare eg http://www.flickr.com/photos/triggerscarstuff/4551872938/ and http://renaultgordini.skyrock.com/532453612-RENAULT-8-GORDINI-1100.html - it's not a huge difference. Also our car has ordinary wheels - not definitive against Gordini but unusual. It's the RHD issue which is for me the biggest problem as the Gordini was never really sold in UK - there were a handful of conversions and a RHD Motor road test but they were incredibly rare; if one somehow went to Aus it would be a known car there. For interest - Link to "cgi.ebay.co.uk" .

bref FR

2012-03-06 23:41

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All R1134 were delivered with ordinary wheels and 1st gen R8 hubcap. 180mm headlight are bigger than standard and this one is fitted with 180mm. Anyway, I just mentionned that if it has some interest

dsl SX

2012-03-07 02:28

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Seems Aus had 6-8 R1134 in an estimate from 2003 http://www.aussiefrogs.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2897 (halfway down) at least one of which looks RHD - Link to "www.motorbase.com" - though no Cibie bumper sticker. So changing to R1134.

Does anybody know anything about RHD 8 Gordinis? UK seems to have 13 8 Gordinis (presumably mixing 1134 and 1135 and LHD/RHD) - http://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/vehicle/renault_8_gordini . There also seems to be about ten 12 Gordinis, which is odder as these were definitely not sold here.

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leoz EN

2012-03-23 04:42

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dsl wrote
Does anybody know anything about RHD 8 Gordinis? UK seems to have 13 8 Gordinis (presumably mixing 1134 and 1135 and LHD/RHD) - http://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/vehicle/renault_8_gordini . There also seems to be about ten 12 Gordinis, which is odder as these were definitely not sold here.


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Bump! :) I have seen a couple of rare Gordini 8's at car shows in the past - were LHD, if I remember.

howmanyleft.co.uk is a very interesting site, but like the site itself says - not all the records are accurate. True that a lot of cars are much rarer now (some old once-common Brit cars being marked down to less than 10 on the site), but remember that the site only tracks cars that are licensed or that have a SORN (Statutory off road notification) issued. There are actually quite a surprising amount of car owners in the UK that don't tax, renew or update their car info to the DVLA (or mark them down as SORN) and just leave their old cars in garages, barns or out in the back garden for a long period of time without driving them or notifying the government. So say if a certain car has been marked down as having only 20-25 examples left on the road in 2010 or 2011 for example, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there are that few of them, there could actually be more (at least in other countries if imported aftermarket), or less for that matter. Same with the DVLA vehicle enquiry - just because an old car's liability date was a long time ago, doesn't always mean it was scrapped (although it usually does), it may still be in somebody's garage - just without tax or insurance, etc.

dsl SX

2015-02-11 16:18

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Link to "www.aussiefrogs.com" :
"R8 Gordini 1100: (Type R1134) Fully imported, introduced July 1965. Features 1108cc motor with Gordini modified crossflow cylinder head, four-speed gearbox, large 7” headlights, four wheel disc brakes with power assistance, laminated windscreen, and revised suspension. Available in a single colour of 418 French Racing Blue, with the white racing stripes on a roll in the boot, to be applied by the owner if desired. Limited imports."
(1966) "R8 Gordini 1100: No major changes, limited imports."
(1967) "8 Gordini 1300: (Type R1135) Locally assembled, introduced April 1967. Four headlights, 1255cc engine with five-speed all synchromesh gearbox, four wheel disc brakes with power assistance, laminated windscreen, twin fuel tanks (26 litres front, 38 litres rear) and crackle black paint finish on the dashboard. The initial two batches of ten cars each are painted Cannes Blue. Apparently the 8 Gordinis were assembled out of hours on weekends, in order not to disrupt production of the other vehicles. The 8 Gordini 1300 is officially available for sale to CAMS licence holders only."
(1968) "8 Gordini 1300: Minor changes only through increased local content. Second two batches of ten cars each, painted Moyen Blue."
(1969) "8 Gordini 1300: Minor changes only. Final two batches of ten cars in each batch, painted Daffodil Yellow, the final batch of 10 cars being available in early 1970."

So Aus imported some 1100 Gordinis for 2 years from mid-65, then assembled 60 Gordini 1300s in batches - 20 in Cannes Blue (1967), 20 in Moyen Blue (1968) and 20 in Daffodil Yellow (1969-70). And we have a definite strand of evidence for RHD 8 Gordinis in both engine sizes.

Postscript
(1970) "... the 12 Gordini is expected to be released later on, once RHD problems are sorted through, with an expectation for five hundred 12 Gordinis to be locally produced by the close of 1971."

But nothing seems to have resulted, and as far as I know nobody anywhere ever made any RHD 12 Gordinis ....

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