Renault Ondine

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Renault Ondine

To meet demand from a clientele looking for refinement, Renault added the luxury Ondine model to its popular Dauphine range.

By 1960, five years after its launch at the 1955 Paris Motor Show, the Renault Dauphine had carved itself a substantial slice of the market. The millionth unit comes off the production lines on February 22. But underperformance on the US market prompted Renault to enhance the car’s image, with a new luxury version, named Ondine.

Dauphine already enjoyed a reputation for stylishness. Ondine will play heavily on this natural aptitude, with a smart new interior finish, adjustable seats, two-tone colour scheme, chrome trims, special wheels and an optional metallic paint. This gave Ondine all the refinement of a more expensive model, appealing to customers who rate comfort higher than performance. Ondine also featured a four-speed gearbox, and could be fitted with the Gordini engine.

The pretty little Ondine was released in 1961 - the year the 4 CV finally gave way to the Renault 4-, and would stay two years on the Renault catalogue.

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