Renault introduced this bus model with several innovation for it’s body construction.
To begin with, it made use of two glass-fibre reinforced polyester sheets i.e. sheet moulding composite (also known as SMC) for better mechanical strength. As a filler material between the two sheets, Bakelite was used. Even painting was done using cataphoresis* process so as to increase corrosion resistance.
With a 9.8 litre, 6-cylinder turbo diesel engine, the Renault FR1 buses were produced during the years 1983-1996. The bus model was so popular that several were produced by Renault’s USA subsidiary Mack Trucks in 1985.
* a type of process in which organic paint coat is applied with the help of electrical current.
|- Premium collectible|
|- Licensed product|
|- Material: ZAMAC (zinc alloy), Rubber and Plastic|
|- Non-opening bonnet and doors|
|Box Dimension (in inches)||14 x 5.5 x 4|