It may seem an oxymoron to mention “high performance” and the Renault Dauphine in the same sentence, but the Pick of the Day is, indeed, the high-performance version of the little French classic, a 1967 Renault Dauphine Gordini.
In fact, the dealer in Rockville, Maryland, advertising the car on ClassicCars.com claims this to be ‘the most original and the lowest mileage 1 owner Renault Dauphine ‘Gordini’ in the United States.”
The dealer notes that the Gordini package included 4-wheel disc brakes, a 4-speed manual transmission and “almost 50% more power.” In standard guise, the rear-mounted 845cc 4-cylinder produced 32 horsepower. Add half-again as much and you’re up to nearly 50 horsepower!
The upgrades were done by Amedee Gordini and his team. Gordini was born in Italy but married and lived in Paris. He raced in Grand Prix events and at Le Mans. Soon after World War II, he started producing his own line of race cars and then began doing high-performance modifications on various Renault products (he retired in 1968 and sold majoring interest in his own company to Renault).
“This Dauphine has been in a Florida garage most of its life, with only 27,364 original miles (around 500 miles per year!) and in exceptional show condition!” the dealer exclaims.
The car has “mostly original” Kilimanjaro white paint and cranberry-red buck seats with white stitching.
“Optional Panasonic period-correct removable AM/FM/MB stereo system is super cool and looks right at home,” the dealer adds.