Classic Captions Contest: 1996 Renault Twingo Edition


Renault’s conquistador of the city, the Twingo, was both adorable and also just ridiculous looking simple car. It’s a sight at which you do an almost snorty giggle. At the dawn of the 1990s, Renault hired Jean-Pierre Ploué to design this tiny thing, which at the time sold for nearly $19,000 new in today’s money. Offered initially in one trim only, the Twingo sat four, had a backseat that slid, and was powered by a lifeless engine that made 75 baguette-crushing horsepower. Like any other automobile, the Twingo went through a few minimal refreshes over its nearly twenty year lifespan. Very little changed, and in fact when Renault halted French production of the first generation Twingo in 2007, they still kept building them in Columbia for another five years.

When the last Twingo I happily rolled off the assembly line in June of 2012, it marked the end of a grand 2.6 million unit production run. Laugh all we want (totally warranted) at its circusy styling, but truthfully the car’s been a success for Renault, driving endless amounts of cash into the automaker’s wallet. Now in its third generation, the Twingo III looks actually attractive and eerily similar to Fiat’s 500. And that’s not a bad parallel to be had. History lesson aside, let’s get into the contest.

During our last Hooniverse Classic Captions Contest, Honda’s 1981 Quint played along and showed us so much late 1970s/early 1980s swagger. Here are some of the best entries from enthusiastic readers like you.

“See right there. That’s where I am going to aim when the VTEC kicks in yo!”-Wayne Moyer
“I think we’re lost”
“Oh well, have a drink”
“So where do you think we are?”
“See that mountain off in the distance? We’re right on top of it!”
“I think I’ll have a drink too…”-tonyola

“All this manly effort, and I still can’t see any foxes. Not even an Audi.”-Van_Sarockin

“If we had taken the Subaru we wouldn’t have to walk the last stretch. Let’s just set up the tent and get drunk. (Don’t drink and climb)”-Sjalabais

Diving back into this Boyz II Men-era press image of a ’96 Renault Twingo, let’s scramble up some dialogue for the scene painted above. Use the comment section below as your canvas. Side note, why on earth is the sky that purple?
By |2019-01-22T09:36:16+00:00November 5th, 2018|Hooniverse Classic Captions Contest|15 Comments

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By day, Robby DeGraff is an Industry Analyst for an automotive market research and product-consulting firm. Based an hour from Road America in Wisconsin, he once piloted a Suzuki Jimny around Iceland for two weeks alone. Robby still has his first car: a red 2001 Camaro, his second Saabaru, and a 1981 Honda CB650. He dreams of owning a first-generation Aston Martin Vanquish or Volkswagen Vanagon.