More French car craziness today. This is the US spec Renault 5 (a.k.a. “Le Car”) imported during the AMC/Renault partnership which went so well. This example is the first generation, imported from 1976-80. It had amazing gas mileage and handling, but lacked the credibility in the US market that the Civic and Rabbit had. People were slow to catch on and it died a slow death, being replaced by the heinous Kenosha-built Renault Alliance in 1983.
As strange as it is, I do like the design of the rear of this car. Also it had a targa top which is pretty sweet in theory, but I am sure it is miserable above 40 MPH.
Utility, plain and simple.