To understand this Thanksgiving Turkey requires a bit of digging and short history lesson, but we’ll get to that soon enough. The American-market Renault was one of the final French-built cars sold in the United States, even though it was sold in its final model year (1989) as the Eagle Medallion. Whatever else you can say about it, the Americanized Renault 21 finished up the French builder’s short stay on this side of the pond with a low note.
Why does any of this matter to me? Because I desperately want to drive one and possibly, sickly, to own one. Their utter awfulness, however, has conspired against me as the Renault Medallion may very well be functionally extinct. I recently found one on Los Angeles’ CraigsList for $375 that was, unsurprisingly, listed as “parts or project car.” It has since disappeared, which leads me to believe someone who wasn’t 2,000 miles away dropped a thin stack of bills on the rare-but-not-valuable merde.
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