1964 Renault 16

As far as family cars go, almost nothing bad can be said about the 1964 Renault 16 and the following model years. It was exemplary in almost all respects: it holds the honor of being the first four-door hatchback with folding rear seats, which gave it a versatility unseen before, and for a small, relatively under-powered vehicle, it was comfortable, safe and fun to drive. Its front wheel drive and independent suspension gave it assurance and a smooth ride on even the bumpiest of roads. Surprisingly for a car of this class, it also featured front disc brakes, which were uncommon back in the early 60s.

1964 Renault 16
1964 Renault 16

The early models of the Renault 16 featured a 1.5-liter, four cylinder engine producing 55 horsepower. Available in 1968, the TX model had a 1.65-liter engine that produced 93 horsepower, allowing for a top speed of 105 miles per hour, and a 12 seconds 0-60 acceleration time. For a car in this class, these numbers are and remain impressive!

The Renault 16 benefited from constant, well-considered improvements over its 15 year production time, including electric windows, a five-speed manual transmission and more. The 1964 Renault 16 has a special place in the halls of automotive history as a car that did almost everything right!

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