R8 History

A history of the Renault 8 in Australia

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Renault 8 points of history

R8: (Type R1130) Locally assembled, introduced April 1963. The R8 replaces the Dauphine in Australia. It features a completely new body, 956cc five main bearing motor with sealed cooling system, four speed (non-synchro first) gearbox. December 1963, the R8 wins the inaugural Wheels magazine Car Of TheYear award.

R8: R8 956cc, new dashboard and minor changes, renamed R8 De Luxe on the introduction of the R8 1100. R8 1100 (Type R1132) introduced July 1964 featuring an 1108cc motor, four speed full synchromesh gearbox, front seat belt anchorage points and extra trim over the 956cc version.

R8: Minor changes to trim, ridged bumpers replace the previous smooth surface bumpers, ‘Renault’ badge located on front panel.

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.

At the 8 Gordini 1100 press launch, only journalists who held a current CAMS licence were allowed to test the vehicles.

R8: April 1966, R8 1100, Revised dashboard featuring a walnut finish to the instrument surround, revised trim, front safety belts and R10 type C-pillar pressing and trim. The final R8 1100s also featured a grey faux suede type trim as an option.

R8 Gordini 1100: No major changes, limited imports.

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.

8 Gordini 1300: Minor changes only through increased local content. Second two batches of ten cars each, painted Moyen Blue.

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.

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R1130 – ??
R1134 – ??

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Engine Specs

R1130 – ??
R1134 – ??
R1135 – ??