Renault Frégate

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Renault Frégate

In the wake of the 4CV’s post-war success, Frégate gave Renault its first grand touring car. One model even came with automatic transmission – Transfluide.

In the early 1950s European reconstruction was in full swing and Renault was seeking to widen its lineup in the wake of the success of the 4CV. It considered a number of projects, including one for a rear-engine car. It finally chose the front-engine “project 110”, which would become Frégate. This modern 11CV came to market in  1951. Although it was not initially very reliable, it had no lack of strong points: appealing lines, independent wheel suspension, excellent road-holding, and lots of room. In 1956 the Etendard engine made the relatively lifeless powertrain a thing of the past, while two years later a particularly original model was unveiled. It was the Transfluide, which met the demand for automatic transmission that was in vogue in American cars. With its hydraulic clutch and three-ratio gearbox (three steps: City-Road, Mountain, Exceptional),  Transfluide was half-way between fully automatic transmission and just automatic clutch. Transfluide ceased production only when Frégate did, in 1960.

Another model : Renault Frégate Cabriolet, Renault Frégate Domaine

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