Details of French Dinky 1414 Renault R8 Gordini
The French Dinky Renault R8 Gordini.
Advertised in the second edition of the 1968 French Dinky catalogue, French Dinky introduced the Renault R8 Gordini in 1969.
French Dinky introduced the Renault R8 Gordini in 1969. At 93mm in length, the model cost 9Fr. (New Francs), about 18/-. This sporty version of Renault's small family car distinguished itself with its blue paintwork and two white stripes across the bonnet, roof and rear engine compartment. Normally, the model displayed race number 36 on the front doors, but not on the bonnet. French Dinky issued some models without a race number. The Renault R8 featured plastic windows, seating, suspension, jewelled head and spot lights and a driver in a yellow overall.
In 1969, French Dinky also produced a yellow or mustard coloured limited edition, the 1414HC. This version had all the features of the Gordini, without stripes and race numbers and frequently came unmanned.
In 1964, the Renault R8 Gordini replaced the highly successful Renault Dauphine and production continued through to 1970, when the R12 replaced the R8 and R10. The R8 came with four different sized engines, from 956cc to 1289cc and with either a 3,4 or 5-speed gearbox.
Known as 'The Socerer', racing legend, Amedee Gordini's name provided the brand name for the R8. In 1946, he founded a motor racing company, which had a successful profile in Formula 1 and 2 as well as in the Le Mans 24 hour race between 1950 and 1956. During 1969, Gordini established Renault's sports division and eventually, his firm became fully integrated into the Renault company. Today, Renault retains the name Gordini to show the sporting heritage of its Clio, Twingo and Wing vehicles.
The original price was 9Fr. . It was available in met. blue finish. Released as French Dinky 1414 in 1969 withdrawn as French Dinky 1414 in 1970.
Base:tin plate base
Model features:driver, simple interior
Origin:Made in France
Vehicle model:Gordini, R8
Vehicle type:saloon car
Wheels:shaped spun hubs, suspension, tyres with tread
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