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1957 Renault Dauphine "Dope"



Adeyspec

ClioSport Club Member
  57 Renault Dauphine
I havent posted this up here as i didnt think it was too many peoples thing. Rusty old clapped out renault with a small engine swap and its suspension removed. I like it though, obviously.

Its been a long project which ive had on and off over the last 4/5 years (recurring theme here) Its a french import that i registered with a little difficulty when it first came over. I had it, got quite ill and sold it, bought it back after all the welding was done ;) and then removed the 845cc and 3 speed box and replaced it with a 1108cc and 4 speed that i built up over lockdown. Converted it to 12v also but it still pretty much looks like it did when it was dragged out of a barn, apart from being a lot lower.

Few from its arrival

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Adeyspec

ClioSport Club Member
  57 Renault Dauphine
Few of the engine swap. I built the engine from the good bits of 3 engines. Crank from one, 1108cc block and 956cc head off another. Even back in the day Renault was a spares bin special company. The engine is now pretty much the same as would of been used into the mk1 clio and mk1 twingo. Its a C series or cleon engine.

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Adeyspec

ClioSport Club Member
  57 Renault Dauphine
Up to now, there were lots of issues along the way, and plenty more to still get through. But it is now a running and usable (if you dont mind the cold) classic. I tried on some banded steels off a mate recently too just for sizing up as getting mine banded is on the list for next year. A mate of mine has a dyno in his shed so its been on there too, Pushes out a massive 41bhp. Doesnt sound loads, the original engine had 27..... plus it weighs a shave over 600kgs and its Rear engined and RWD so it puts it all down lol

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Matt Cup

ClioSport Club Member
  R53
I’ve been keeping up with the progress of this on Retro Rides, it’s an awesome little motor!

The patina make this 100% cooler!
 

Porl

ClioSport Club Member
I've been following on insatgram, bloody love it👍.

Clio's are starting to rust now you know so of course it's of interest on here. 😂😂
 

Adeyspec

ClioSport Club Member
  57 Renault Dauphine
What's the back story with it? How come you chose one etc? It's a proper interesting choice.
I've never seen one before, that I can remember.
What's the plans for it?


Not too much of a back story to go with it really, along side all the more modern renaults ive built (sc clios, turbo clios itbs, trophy and so on) ive always liked the older stuff too, my first car was a renault super 5 1.1 campus. It then stemmed from there, into r5 gt turbos, then the older r5 gordini turbo. Built some corkers over the years. Alot of my mates when we started driving were into VW's which i think rubbed off so ive also owned some more "rusty" renaults, and R8 a R12 and the Dauphine. Id wanted something old low and slow when i was looking for a project a few years back, id actually got to the point of looking for a notch back vw when the dope became available. Bit of a long winded story for its purchase which i might copy in here. Ill also pop up some pics of my previous, cool and not so cool older Renault's. Plans are ummm... not sure tbh, keep plodding along making some changes. Would be coold to get a really fresh interior done for it.
 

Adeyspec

ClioSport Club Member
  57 Renault Dauphine
this was a later version of the above car with a few more tweaks, efi, itbs and omex ecu, cant save the pics for some reason

 

Donny_Dog

ClioSport Club Member
  Jim's rejects
Love it.
Looking forward to hear the buying story. That's what I find as interesting as the tin.
 

Adeyspec

ClioSport Club Member
  57 Renault Dauphine
So the story starts back in September 2015 when I began bidding on a ropey looking Dauphine on eBay. The thing was looking sorry for itself, covered in faded paint and rust spots. Natural Patina Win :D I’ve had views in the past of getting a properly classic Renault and slamming it for that hard retro look. I did have a brief soiree with a Renault 8 but time and circumstances meant I didn’t keep her and finish her off. Any way back to this car, I contacted the seller and had a chat about the car, where it had come from and what was needed. He wasn’t interested in an out of eBay sale so I chanced it with a cheeky bid. I’m one of those people who don’t put the full amount down though as I like to think that I can get it cheaper that way. Well all was going well until I missed the end of the auction and got out bid at the end......

Now these don’t come up for sale often so I started browsing other options. VW Notchback would of been cool, even a square back. Not one came up within my budget though. I did then decide that even if one came up it still wouldn’t be a Renault. Something different and hardly seen on the roads. I do have a kind of fetish for Renaults for some reason. Must be a First car thing.

A few Months went by and nothing else was coming up until whilst having a meet up with some "car friends" as the Mrs calls them one mentioned he knew of one on someone’s drive.......... I did a drive by of the place and sure enough outside was an off red faded and cracked paint Dauphine. I decided to do some research before I approached the owner. Turn out it was a 1965 car that hadn't been taxed since 1995, so 20 years off the road, it looked to be complete and the tyres were still inflated. Could be on to a winner here.

Time passed by and with a little family around and recent new employment cars take a bit of a back seat. 2 months later and we are near Christmas and I found some time to knock on the door. Greeted by the wife at first I explained my intentions and I got what I felt was a very good response back, you know a good feel for the situation, the car needed saving and I was its saviour. The car was owned by her husband who was at work though. She asked me to either pop back that evening or on the 24th as he would be in all day then. I left with a good gut feeling that I was going to be taking the car away with me........you can see where this is going can’t you...... I returned that eve to be told the husband/owner was running late so wasn’t available. No worries Christmas Eve it will be. I rocked up late morning to the property, Mrs sat in the car waiting for me to seal the deal on another rusty old Renault (she’s a star really as much as she hates me spending too much time on them) and I ring the doorbell. I wait a while, give a knock as I can see they are in and then I hear the door unlock. The husband answers the door, an angry little fellow who reminds me of a shrunken but tanned Doc Brown, His wife stands behind him, it’s on!!!!! I greet him and introduce myself and say I had already spoken to his wife regarding the Dauphine. I ask if she is for sale as he starts to move closer, you know coming in a little too close for comfort as if he’s knowingly invading your personal space... He looks me up and down and says "nope" then proceeds to try and walk through me and towards his other cars. How Fricking Rude!!!!! I ask again as I’m a little taken back by this. To which His reply was “leave your number and if I even think of selling I might contact you" I turn and walk back to the car bemused by how rude some people can be. My good lady asked if I gave him my number, not a chance was I giving this C**t my money ever, even if it was for a car I wanted.
 


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