Launched as a family saloon destined to take over from the popular Renault 8, Renault 12 soon had an estate version.
A performance car
It would also be transformed into a racing car, both on the track with the "Coupe Gordini" and in rallies where it would achieve several exploits.
In Argentina, for example, where it was produced, it would win the scratch at the "Vuelta a la America del Sur" (Tour of South America), completing 30,000 kilometres in 39 days with two heroes, driver Jorge Recalde and an R12 TL saloon which was almost a standard production model.
Abidjan - Nice
Soon after, Jean-Claude Bertrand decided to organise a mad trek which he called the "Côte-Côte" between Abidjan and Nice. Jean-Claude Briavoine entered with a Renault 12 estate, which he got Sinpar to convert into a 4-wheel drive. He finished 3rd behind two Range Rovers.
In 1977, he would come first in the all category ranking.