The Amazing Alconi – Renault SA's little secret weapon car of the '60s

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The Gordini version of the R8 was finished in a French Racing Blue with white stripes
The Gordini version of the R8 was finished in a French Racing Blue with white stripes
Stuart Johnston

 • The Renault R8 began the brand's racing success in the famous Kyalami 9 Hour endurance race.
 • The Alconi R10 was launched in 1967.
 • Renault's Alconi was the first of South Africa's long line of homologation specials.
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Talk to the committed Renault fan today, and if they were around in the '60s or at all interested in classic cars, chances are they will mention the Renault Gordini as one of their "dream garage" inclusions. But if he (or she) mentions a Renault Alconi, well then! Now you know you are talking to a Renault person who really knows the business.

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