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Frégate Cabriolet

Frégate
1958
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GRAND

TOURING

VEHICLE

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.

1958

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LONG

VERSION

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).

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COMFORTABLE

PERFORMANCE

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.

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YOUR MAJESTY

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).

technical features

AROUND

30 UNITS

  • production

    around 30 copies (for 180,463 saloons produced)

  • Performance and engine

    4 petrol cylinders

    1996 cc (60 hp) then 2141 cc (77 hp)

    130 kph

  • dimensions
    Length 4,70 m
    Width 1,70m
    Height 1 ,54 m
  • architecture

    monocoque cabriolet on three-box saloon base

    front engine, rear-wheel drive

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