1996 Renault Twingo w/ 61,133 kilometers (~37k miles). The Twingo is well regarded for its efficiency and utility; envisioned as a very small vehicle to succeed the rugged and practical Renault 4. With a disarming charm like a modernized Citroen 2CV or classic Mini.
This example was sold new in Japan and is in nice condition inside and out. Original Renault cassette player; power windows; power mirrors; power door locks w/remote; owners manual folio & records from Japan.
Ride – the Twingo had that famed cushy French ride. The suspension swallows almost everything that awaits on the French roads. It really is a surprisingly comfortable car. As this car was designed for the streets of Paris, the turning circle is only 9.7m. You can do a U-turn on a two lane street.
Packaging – When the Twingo launched in 1992, Patrick le Quément’s design was a masterclass in small car packaging. The car’s wheels were pushed as far to each corner as possible to maximize interior space, while oversized windows ensured the cabin remained light and airy. The ingenious sliding foldable rear seats were a feature that was never seen before in a car this size. Nowadays, many of these features pioneered by the Twingo are a standard in every compact city car.
Negatives: AC inoperable; clear coat peeling on roof; paint faded to different shades of blue.
With it’s chic style and efficient packaging, it’s a practical classic that’s easy to enjoy.