Still Rarer Than a LaFerrari: Another CraigsList Renault/Eagle Medallion

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In the Universe’s grand schematic, there’s probably a proof that says “You shouldn’t have been looking for crap in the first place” “What you seek only turns up after you have given up looking.” For more than a year, I was obsessed with finding a Renault or Eagle Medallion because it was surely one of the absolute worst cars ever built. I searched every day for about a year for one; I eventually found one and it turned out that it belonged to a French-car-hoarding LeMons racer too far (~2,300 miles) away. Small world, but not a surprising development. I eventually gave up and in the last couple months, one turned up in Oklahoma and now another has cropped up in Washington state.

“I am selling my 1989 Renault Medallion, it has been a project car and I have done extensive work on it,to include brakes,shocks,and suspension. It has no bumpers, but I have some after market ones that could be modified to fit. The car runs very nice but has no battery.”


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If this is indeed an ’89, that would make it an Eagle Medallion, but splitting that hair represents the very picture of tedium. This one is a “project car” so it’s unclear what remains intact. The seller lists the mileage at 105,000 miles, which would make it a small miracle if the original 2.2-liter engine was still under the hood and hadn’t been replaced (perhaps several times) under the 7/70,000 warranty slapped on all Eagles.
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If I were a discerning Medallion buyer, I might nitpick the Pep Boys “air scoop and ill-fitting “spoiler” for their absurdity, but it’s not like you can really make one of the world’s worst cars any worse. The bumpers are clearly not part of a Medallion body kit—a concept even more absurd than “discerning Medallion buyer”—but who’s to say what works and doesn’t work with a Medallion? There is clearly absolutely no place from which to harvest body parts for these cars, so this seller was clearly just trying to make something from nothing. Noble or not, that’s for you to discuss, but for $500 it could be your Medallion to bear.
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[Images: Seattle CraigsList]

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10 responses to “Still Rarer Than a LaFerrari: Another CraigsList Renault/Eagle Medallion”

  1. P161911 Avatar
    P161911

    Scrap steel prices have almost doubled in the last few months, over $5/100 lbs. now…….

  2. dukeisduke Avatar
    dukeisduke

    Tiny hood scoop FTW! I’ve actually seen a few of those.

  3. mdharrell Avatar

    This is only about 25 miles from my house, so if you like I can diligently avoid it on your behalf.

    1. Monkey10is Avatar
      Monkey10is

      Oh yeah — and we all know how diligent you are when it comes to avoiding buying orphan cars.

  4. Toaster Avatar
    Toaster

    What’s so bad about this? Underneath its just a Renault 21… Oh, I see.
    Fun Fact: According to Wiki the R21 briefly served as the Chek… Tcheck…Chzechoshl… as the official State Car of the central european Country that split into Skoda-Country and Slovakia, making this possibly the worst modern state car ever, right?

  5. PaulE Avatar
    PaulE

    That back bumper: Wrecks-n-(ground) effects.

  6. peugeotdude505 Avatar
    peugeotdude505

    amazing.. hey those rims gotta be worth at least a couple hundo right?

  7. mdharrell Avatar

    “… a French-car-hoarding LeMons racer….”
    For the record, not me. I’ve only got two French cars, which isn’t what I’d call hoarding, and besides, very few people would describe my efforts on track as racing.

  8. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    I always had a soft spot for the 21 QuadraTurbo version, but they are notoriously fragile and make almost no sense when more powerful, better built, far more reliable Subaru Legacy Turbos are available.
    But that Guigiaro Ital Design styling is so crisp and well detailed, so much better than the lumpen Subaru and there was the lovely Group A racing versions and the French Supersaloon racers as modification inspiration.
    Surely all the reliability bugs have been worked through now?
    https://drive-my.com/images/mews2015/drive2015/2015drive/1990-Renault-21-Turbo-Quadra.jpg
    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/bd/ba/a1/bdbaa1e91346a09db27433dec1e5cd7b.jpg
    http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5314/5905264561_9105d77798_b.jpg

  9. wunno sev Avatar
    wunno sev

    being unable to find body panels probably isn’t a big deal. they sell sheets of 22-gauge steel sheet at Home Depot, and a piece of angle iron would be all the tooling you’d need to replicate any of this car’s body panels.

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