This has been in progress for a few weeks but I kept it quiet until it was all done and dusted as I didn't want to jinx it. Everything was going well, we were quite happy tinkering with the Maxi and had no intention of buying another classic, yet alone a project that has been off the road for decades, but then a chance remark about a manky old Zafira that even Cavcraft would turn his nose up at set off a chain of events that resulted in the purchase of a Renault 6.
It all started with model buses. My friend Bob from the Model Bus Federation passed away recently after spending a couple of years in a care home. I arranged with his executor Barry to visit his house in Rugby and acquire some of his models. The aforementioned Zafira languished on the drive covered in green so I asked Barry what he was going to do with it. He said he'd found a buyer but there was another old car in the garage, which he thought was a Renault 19, was L-reg and only fit for scrap. That doesn't sound too promising but what we found instead was pretty amazing.
It wasn't a Renault 19 at all but a 1972 Renault 6, pre-facelift, 845cc, last taxed in 1994 - a genuine garage find and a very rare car as the club know of only two others. Under all the dust the bodywork looked amazingly sound but the engine and brakes were seized so we couldn't get it out for a proper look. Nevertheless we knew it was far too good to scrap and Six-cylinder kindly offered to help with transport so we did a deal with Barry and became the owners of an immobile Renault 6 stuck in a garage 30 miles from home. Oh, and did I mention Bob had brush-painted it in 1970s British Rail loco livery so it was two-tone green with a grey roof, black and yellow tape stripes and yellow front and back ends?
That was just the start of what turned out to be an epic adventure so stay turned for more amazing Renault action...
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