Total Insanity: Here's Still Another Renault Medallion For Sale and It's Beautiful

Since I work on the internet for a living now, I can say without doubt that I always feel like the world is trolling me. As Slartibartfast would have it, this is probably “perfectly normal paranoia.” However, after searching for Renault Medallions—inarguably one of the least-reliable cars ever sold stateside—for a full year and coming up virtually empty, I’m at a loss how suddenly three of them have come up for sale in the space of a few weeks. First, there was this beat-up one in Oklahoma, then another running(!) project in SeattleThis wagon version in Ohio for sale on eBay, however, is surely the finest Medallion left in the world.

Not only is the wagon edition rarer still than the few extant sedans, this one is exceedingly rare in that it doesn’t appear to have spent more than a decade collecting rust, leaves, mold, and French disease. In fact, this is a sterling example that appears to have been restored by its seller. New 2.2-liter engine (mounted longitudinally, of course) in a food-service clean engine bay, impeccable interior, and even some tasteful aftermarket wheels. Did the wagons come in any other color, by the way?
Among the sellers claims are that the radio doesn’t work and the fan blower only works on the high setting. For what could be wrong with a Medallion, this is small potatoes. When the seller goes on to say “Probably the nicest one in the U.S.,” I can’t think of anyone who could argue.
So now we get to the selling price: Bidding ends on Thursday with a starting bid of $4,500. Nobody has yet bid on it, but what do we think of an exceedingly clean example of a car that is virtually extinct? I think the seller has offered a pretty compelling price. It’s just low enough to consider for the oddball collector or to prompt a reasonable offer when it doesn’t sell by Thursday.
To be honest, I’ve never thought about what an excellent-condition Medallion was worth because I was certain no such thing is existed. But here it is, preserved like a mediocre port.
Hat-tip to LeMons racers Marc Fuhrman and Tsog, who both independently sent me this.
[Source: eBay]

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23 responses to “Total Insanity: Here's Still Another Renault Medallion For Sale and It's Beautiful”

  1. mdharrell Avatar

    The engine is shared with the Winnebago LeSharo/Itasca Phasar, so finding parts should be easy.

    1. nanoop Avatar

      I’m sure there is also overlap with the A310 (Alpine, not Airbus).

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        Douvrin vs. Cléon-Alu, so I don’t think all that much will interchange. Then again, I’m a Cléon-Fonte man myself, so what do I know?

        1. nanoop Avatar

          Oh, I was thinking along Cibie, or Valeo. I’m a Hella/Bosch guy, so I don’t know at all.

    2. The Rusty Hub Avatar
      The Rusty Hub

      I’ve looked into this, oddly enough. THE ONLY place to get engine parts is from a Winnebago parts dealer in Iowa. I even called them and they basically said, “Yeah, these engines are pieces of shit. Good luck with the timing belt, it’s a horrendous design.”

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        Why do you not already own this car?

        1. The Rusty Hub Avatar
          The Rusty Hub

          Because if I bought it at this point, I’d have to daily drive it and probably live in it. As much as I like the idea of owning it, I don’t think this is the particular Renault in which I’d like to dwell.

          1. mdharrell Avatar

            I’d have thought a wagon would be preferable for long-term accommodations. Still, I can’t blame you for your caution with respect to the timing belt, as I don’t own anything with a timing belt myself.

          2. Rover 1 Avatar
            Rover 1

            For that, may I recommend an Espace?

          3. nanoop Avatar

            Now that’s a Renaultceros!

          4. Rover 1 Avatar
            Rover 1

            From what I understand, since it can’t be driven on the road, that might be all it could be used for? These are definitely on my ‘to get’ list to bookend my Mk1 Espace.

          5. Vairship Avatar

            That’s a beauty!

          6. Fuhrman16 Avatar

            “I don’t think this is the particular Renault in which I’d like to dwell.”
            If that’s the case, I know were you can have not one , but two Renault Encores to dwell in for a reasonable price. One of them even runs!

  2. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    More 21/Medallion trivia.
    The 1.4 and 1.7 versions,( not sold in the USA, 21 only.) had transversely mounted engines.
    The larger Douvrin all alloy fours,and diesels (shared with PSA), were longitudinally mounted in front of the transmission a la Audi A4,A6 or Subaru.The wheelbases were within mm of each other though, except all wagons had another 150 mm added.

    1. nanoop Avatar

      The more I know the more I want these. One of each orientation, to educate visitors.

  3. stigshift Avatar

    There is absolutely no upside to buying that. And yet I still really want it…

  4. Batshitbox Avatar

    This is an elegant insect preserved in amber ejecting a parasite through its anus.×768.jpg
    This is a $4,500 Renault Medallion.
    This is your brain on drugs.
    Where do you see yourself in five years?
    (Also, your E-bay link is bollixed.)

    1. Dabidoh_Sambone Avatar

      You win all the non sequiturs until forever.

  5. Sjalabais Avatar

    The clarity of the design is really appealing. Windows! We can see the surroundings 360 degrees. And you’d probably take in much more of the surroundings than planned anyway.

  6. peugeotdude505 Avatar

    There was a Renault 21 Turbo parked out front at the local French car garage last year. Not a wagon though

  7. thomas Avatar

    it’s new home in in Montreal now!

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