Admit it – you occasionally spend hours on YouTube, watching footage from vintage rallies and pining for days gone by, don't you? That's okay, we're guilty of occasionally overindulging in classic motorsports footage ourselves. Case in point: this swinging little number featuring the Renault 8 Gordini, circa 1964.

The Gordini-tuned version of the homely (yet unforgettable) Renault 8 developed some 89 horsepower from its rear-mounted, 1.1-liter four-cylinder engine, which was operable via a four-speed manual gearbox and had underpinnings befitting the sort of racy action you'll find in the video below.

The tiny French sedan obviously made up for its lack of outright grunt with a double helping of handling panache, and it seems as though '60s racers had no trouble getting the thing to drift on a dime. Enjoy yourself while watching this one guys, the drivers of the Gordini sure did.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 18 Comments
      Peter Bradin
      • 11 Months Ago
      You don't have to have big money in auto sports to have fun! I learned to drive in the forerunner of the R8, the Renault Dauphine and it was a blast!
        citroen_2cv
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Peter Bradin
        Dauphine? You mean those roundy pita bread things with the 850 engine and 3 or 4 gears? man! are you one of the Slag Bros? . No doubt they were fast, reliable and fun, eve their sound was right.
      Typesbad
      • 11 Months Ago
      So the French had Formula D way back in the 60s?
      patrice.berra
      • 11 Months Ago
      and no safety belt!!
      karlInSanDiego
      • 11 Months Ago
      I bought one two weeks ago, and had to do a little modding before I was beating a Nissan 370Z at Bathurst in the dark. Actually it took me hours of modding and learning that course to pull it off. What great fun! Of course, I'm speaking of Gran Turismo 6. Here's someone's video of Brands Hatch in a Gordini on GT6: http://youtu.be/OX7xGWpcFuI
      Leather Bear
      • 11 Months Ago
      Thanks for bringing back fond memories of my college days and Mom's old R10 automatic. It was great fun to hoon around in, and with only (IIRC) 48hp from the 1.1L engine, I thought I couldn't get into trouble. One day, I pushed it a bit too hard (I'm guessing at that exact moment, the rear axle on her R10 looked about like the one in the photo above), the 135x15 Michelin X-Stops let go, and the little car turned turtle (the 3-point belt kept me in place during all the excitement). Sadly, it was totaled and replaced with a VW Type III, which was much more solid but not nearly as much fun to drive.
      DRAGON
      • 11 Months Ago
      Sweet!
      john96xlt
      • 11 Months Ago
      Makes me think of my fondness for the Tatra T700. I've always wanted to drive (own?) one since reading about them in the '90s.
      stevenh
      • 11 Months Ago
      a 'three box' styling design
      jebibudala
      • 11 Months Ago
      That commercial sold me! Where do I get one of these 89hp magical wonders?
      onewayroll
      • 11 Months Ago
      More power than a Mitsubishi mirage lol
      Nate46
      • 11 Months Ago
      Would love to see the return of small rear-engined rear-wheel-drive cars (Ford Fiesta class and under plus sports cars / small coupes) powered by potent downsized engines. The only thing that comes close is the upcoming jointly-developed Renault Twingo 3 / Smart ForFour and it is questionable whether they'll even develop uncompromised performance variants (without auto-boxes or being limited to only a 5-door body).
      Aurio Salimonne
      • 11 Months Ago
      Funny how reminds me of grandpa,he used to have a R8 manual,white and a burgundy R10 with some kind of electric clutch,back then was harder to get parts and now thanks to the Internet are back in action and love the small rear engine Simca Millisiento (1000)
    • Load More Comments