Fuego: a fiery French coupé or not?

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As mar­ket val­ues for clas­sic cars rise, so does the pop­u­lar­ity of the for­got­ten and unloved clas­sics of years gone by. A re­cent anal­y­sis of 30 mil­lion cars in Bri­tain high­lighted the plight of many older cars that are verg­ing on ex­tinc­tion, re­veal­ing that only one ex­am­ple of a stag­ger­ing 222 mod­els from the past 50 years is still in use.

Per­haps one of our favourite for­got­tens is the swoopy Re­nault Fuego, although you’d need to look far and wide these days to find one, as only 19 are cur­rently reg­is­tered in Bri­tain, and prob­a­bly many fewer than that in New Zealand. The stylish French coupé was of­ten de­scribed as the car of choice for Parisian pros­ti­tutes, while oth­ers opined that it was shaped like a wal­rus with gas — yet the car had sev­eral other more sub­stan­tial claims to fame. To find out what they are, search ‘Fuego’ on The Mo­tor­hood.

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