“Looks like a Chrysler” my friend said when I showed him this picture of a 1987 Renault Alliance. I said to him, “yea, it does kind of look like a K platform car”. We’re not totally wrong in thinking this. The Alliance was manufactured and marketed in North America by American Motors Corporation (AMC) – the same company that was contributing to Jeeps development in the 1970’s and 1980’s. AMC has a long and interesting history that started out in the 1950’s – they produced their own vehicles but always had their hands in partnerships and developments during their existence. During a decade of their existence, from the late 1970’s to the late 1980’s, Renault and AMC were intertwined. In a strange string of events, shareholder ownership of AMC was changing hands from Renault to Chrysler at the same time that this 1987 Renault Alliance was hitting the market. Coincidence!>?!>!?!?
Anyway, enjoy some pics of this sweet 1987 Renault Alliance Convertible and don’t forget to check out some other Renault and AMC car’s we’ve spotted:
1978 Renault LeCar
1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
Prepare to be le amazed. In front of le eyes, we have a wonderfully beat up 1978 Renault LeCar. If you remember when this came out, and you sprinted to the dealership to grab one, I am very le sorry for you. BUUUUTTT, if it wasn’t for le original owner of this car, than we would never have been able to le spot it on le street. Okay I’m done.
And check out the one other le French car we’ve spotted:
Rare 1972 Citroen SM
Now you don’t see one of these everyday! This one was parked outside of a Fedex Kinkos of all places. Did you know that this car won the 1972 Motor Trend Car of the Year?
More info about the Citroen SM
In 1961, Citroën began work on ‘Project S’ — a sports variant of the revolutionary Citroën DS. As was customary for the firm, many running concept vehicles were developed, increasingly complex and upmarket from the DS. Citroën purchased Maserati in 1968 with the intention of harnessing Maserati’s high-performance engine technology to produce a true Gran Turismo car, combining the sophisticated Citroën suspension with a Maserati V6.
The result was the Citroën SM, first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1970. It went on sale in France in September of that year. Factory produced cars were all left-hand-drive, although RHD conversions were done in the UK and Australia.
Automotive journalists marveled at the resulting ability to travel for hours at 200 km/h (120 mph) in comfort. In 1972 Motorsport (U.K.) noted …”that rare quality of being a nice car to be in at any speed, from stationary to maximum.” The touring range based on the SM’s fuel economy and the large 90 l (20 imp gal; 24 US gal) fuel tank made long, fast, relaxing journeys possible.
Because the SM had a small 170 PS (130 kW) engine, the acceleration was adequate rather than exemplary – some competitors were quicker. Some owners have fitted the similar sized 220 PS (160 kW) Maserati Merak SS engine, which does improve the driving experience considerably.