american elegance

Floride

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1961
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FLORIDE,

AKA

CARAVELLE

In the mid-50s, Pierre Dreyfus, then Chairman of Régie Renault, dreamed of America and decided to launch a convertible to win over the US market. And behold Renault Floride! The car was (wisely) renamed Caravelle in the United States, to keep clients in the 49 other American states happy!

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spirit

MY

CUSTOM

STYLE

Renault Floride – freedom! Freedom to choose your preferred version of the “American” Renault: a hardtop coupé, a cabriolet, or a cabriolet that converts into a coupé. Note that there was no need to remove the top from the convertible version to switch from coupé to cabriolet, as it had a folding roof.

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A BEST-SELLER

A Renault Floride coupé or convertible, fitted with a 845 cm3 engine and - here’s bonus - more affordable than the competition? What more could you ask for? Nothing really, and the car was a hit! Such a hit that Renault was overwhelmed by demand and forced to increase production capacity by calling on Chausson and Brissonneau-et-Lotz.

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original soundtrack

LISTEN TO

THIS PLAYLIST

Are you torn between French pop and country music? Then Renault Floride is the one for you! Memories of the 1960s and the American dream.

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AN OPEN-TOP

DAUPHINE

To speed up the development of this convertible designed to appeal to the American market, Renault used the technical base of Renault Dauphine, which was already selling well across the Atlantic. And thus began Renault’s American adventure with Renault Floride.

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technical features

117,000

UNITS

MANUFACTURED

  • production

    117,000 units from 1959 to 1968 (Floride + Caravelle)

  • Performance and engine

    845 cm3

    4 cylinders inline

    40 hp

    125 kph

  • dimensions
    Length 4,26 m
    Width 1,58 m
    Height 1,31 m
  • architecture

    two-seater cabriolet bodywork, “convertible” cabriolet, hardtop coupé, 2+2 coupé (Caravelle)

    longitudinal engine to the rear

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RETRO

STYLE

Renault Floride or Caravelle – a car that inspires. Retro American design that will appeal to hipsters... and their parents!

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FLORIDE FROM

THE PRODUCTION LINE

In 1962, after the launch of Renault Floride in 1958, Renault brought out the Renault Floride S and 2+2 Caravelle (which was not the original Caravelle but the Renault Floride renamed for the American market - not too complicated, is it??!). Renault Floride has its origins in Renault Dauphine, while its successors took their mechanical components from another Renault model: Renault R8.

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