First produced in 1971, the Renault 17 was transformed in to a rally car by having a 1.6 litre 4-cylinder engine and a 5-speed manual transmission gear. This new model was called Renault 17 Gordini.
Amédée Gordini, was a F1 racing driver who also tuned cars in his spare time and worked closely with Simca. Later he got associated with Renault who finally purchased his firm and grouped it under their Racing Division.
This high performing rally specific car was given a 1.8 litre engine with twin Weber made carburettors, hot cam and provided with large sized valves. With twin braking system, power assisted steering, a Bosch made D-Jetronic electronic fuel injection system this car had 185 hp of power output. The car was stripped down in every sense. All the unwanted interior of the Renault 17 was done away with by using aluminium in large quantity and fibreglass panels were also used to lower the weight by nearly 25%.
At the 43rd edition of the Rallye Monte Carlo this Gordini built car driven by Frenchman Jean-Francois Piot and Jean de Alexandris with a timing of 6:51:15 came in fifth position. It was the same race in which Sandro Munari came first driving another famous car, the Lancia Stratos HF.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Non-opening model|
|- On plinth (platform base)|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||6 x 3 x 3|
|Color||White / Blue|
|Theme||Racing - Rally|