If any Renault was a true 2CV rival, then this was it. Long-lived – built from 1961 to 1992 – and utterly simple in some places yet complex in others, this was Renault’s first front-wheel-drive car. Quirks included the gearlever sprouting from the dashboard – necessary because the transmission was mounted in front of the engine – plus a different wheelbase on each side! The six engines available ranged from 603cc to 1108cc, but power stayed between the limits of 23bhp and 34bhp. As well as the saloon, there was also a 4x4 and a beach car known as the Plein Air.