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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.

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