In The Way We Were Burford, Oxfon ( CCW, 14 June), the Renault in the picture is a R10 Renault type number R1190. Confusion arises because Renault introduced the R8 956cc, type R1130, in June 1962. The 1108cc R8 Major, type R1132, was introduced in February 1964. This was marketed as the Major except in the UK, where the badging was ‘1100’. In early 1965, the same car was called the Renault 1100 and the R8 name was dropped from the 1108cc version, but retained for the basic 956cc car, which continued to be sold as a lower cost entry model.
In August 1965, the Renault 10, type R1190, was introduced as a new model using much of the structure and mechanics of the 8, but with a longer bonnet and engine bay and different styling. This car was not marketed in the UK initially as the 10, but took the same Renault 1100 name as the 1100 R8, which was dropped in the UK. In 1968 the Renault 1100 became the 10 in the UK. At the same time the R8 – by this time just called 8 – became available again in the UK with the 1108cc engine.
The R10 lived on until 1971 when it was superseded by the new R12, but the 8 carried on until 1973.
The picture was of Burford was of particular interest as The Bay Tree Hotel was our honeymoon hotel in February 1970 and parked outside in the snow was my 1962 Montijo red Renault R8!
I still own a lovely R8, although not the same one as back in 1970.
Richard Allen, Rothwell, Northants
1965 Renault UK brochure with an image of an R10 the same as in the Burford photo.