As the R8 celebrates 50 years since its Australian debut and winning the inaugural Wheels Car of the Year award, it’s worth revisiting how this unassuming little car raised the bar overnight. It also turned Renault into a major local player. Arriving just months after the ageing Morris Minor 1000 exited, the Renault R8 with just 8cc more was a game changer for the Australian small car market in 1963. The Gordini version that followed in 1965 would then hold the line against far newer and more powerful motorsport rivals into the next decade.
Renault R8: The First Wheels Car of the Year
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