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Renault Frégate began its career as a “grand touring” saloon in 1951. Inspired in its design by a more American style, Renault Frégate is very spacious, and can seat up to 6 passengers. In addition to this saloon version, a cabriolet was produced by the coachbuilder Letourneur et Marchand. These Renault Frégate cabriolets were produced one by one, and were all unique.
Renault Frégate, in its saloon version, was very spacious and comfortable. It boasted unrivalled road-holding for the time. It was then developed into an estate version named “Domaine”. This model featured access to its loading zone (boot) via a 2-part door: one top and one bottom, with the bottom one extending the floor to provide a huge loading space (especially with the seats down).
Renault Frégate (saloon version) was equipped with a 4-cylinder 1996 cc engine achieving 60 hp (for 230 kg in weight). In 1958, Renault launched a “Transfluid” version which improved driving pleasure with its hydraulic torque converter and electromagnetic clutch. These “boosted” Renault Frégate had the word “Transfluid” inscribed on the wings and on the emblem in the centre of the bonnet.
Like with a little-known but very talented band, you want to tell everyone about Renault Frégate Cabriolet.
In April 1957, Renault Frégate Cabriolet made the transition from exceptional car to royal car (amazingly). Queen Elizabeth II was driven in a Frégate Cabriolet during an official visit to France. Her Majesty rode in it to visit the brand new Renault plant, in Flins, about 40 km from Paris (where Frégate was produced).
After the “Domaine” and “Transfluide” version, Renault commissioned coachbuilder Letourneur et Marchand to produce a cabriolet version of Frégate. Many coach builders considered Frégate in complying with pre-war traditions. In the same way as Letourneur et Marchand producing one model of each car with the result that no Frégate cabriolet resembled another.
around 30 copies (for 180,463 saloons produced)
- Performance and engine
4 petrol cylinders
1996 cc (60 hp) then 2141 cc (77 hp)
- dimensionsLength 4,70 mWidth 1,70mHeight 1 ,54 m
monocoque cabriolet on three-box saloon base
front engine, rear-wheel drive
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