About a week ago I posted a report about my participation in this year’s Rally Monte Carlo Historique in which I included the picture below of a Renault Dauphine 1093 rally car. As a result of that posting I was contacted by Jean-Francois Riou of France who maintains a website dedicated to the Renault Dauphine 1093. I was able to forward some additional information on these rally cars with respect to their history in Canadian rallying.
Renault Dauphine 1093
The Renault Dauphine 1093 was a limited production rally version of the Renault Dauphine model. The car was produced during 1962 and 1963. The Renault Dauphine 1093 engine was tuned to produce 55 horsepower which was the same as produced by the 1962 997cc Mini Cooper.
There were three Renault Dauphine models. Two of these models are mentioned in the advertisement below which was published in Canada Track & Traffic in 1962.
1962 Renault Ad In Canada Track & Traffic
The two models mentioned in the Renault ad are the Dauphine and the Gordini. The Dauphine was the base model, while the Gordini was identified in the above ad as “luxurious”.
The Dauphine had an 845cc overhead valve, inline 4-cylinder engine that produced 32 horsepower. The Dauphines were rear-engined and rear-wheel drive cars. The Gordini model, in addition to being more “luxurious”, had the same basic engine as the Dauphine except that it was tuned to produce 40 horsepower.
The Renault Dauphine Gordini
In 1962 in Canada the Renault Dauphine sold for $1695 while the more upscale and powerful Gordini sold for $1835. By way of comparison, the Austin 850 Mini sold for $1365, the Fiat 600D was priced at $1499, and the asking price for a base 1962 Volkswagen was $1695. As can be seen, the Renault Dauphine was priced a little higher than much of its competition.
I don’t have a price for the 1093 rally version of the Dauphine.
This Gordini Lines Up For Scrutineering At The 2016 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique
As mentioned earlier, Jean-Francois Riou has established a website dedicated to the Dauphine 1093. He is looking for any information and/or documentation relating to the Renault Dauphine 1093.
The website is http://www.dauphine1093.fr
Renault Dauphine Gordini Is A Rear-Engined Car
I know that three Renault Dauphine 1093 cars were shipped over to Canada to take part in Canadian car rallies, especially the 1962 Shell 4000 rally where they won the team prize. I don’t know what became of these cars. If anyone can provide some information on the ultimate fate of the three works Canadian Dauphine 1093 rally cars, then I would be interested in hearing from you.
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