Renault - Caravelle
The Renault Caravelle was a roadster automobile produced by Renault between 1958 and 1968. Outside of North America for its first four years of production it was known as the Renault Floride. The Floride was unveiled at the 1958 Paris Motor Show. A small rear-engined convertible designed by Pietro Frua at Carrozzeria Ghia, it used the floorpan and engine of the Renault Dauphine sedan. The now infamously slow Dauphine running gear was something of a burden for the car however and it was dubbed "a sheep in wolf's clothing" by the media in its early years. The Floride was launched in the United States and Canada as the Renault Caravelle a year after its introduction in Europe.
Renault Caravelle 1963
Renault Caravelle Cabriolet
The car's lack of power was mitigated somewhat by the replacement in 1962 of its Dauphine-derived running gear with a new 956 cc engine from the recently launched Renault 8. The Caravelle name also replaced the Floride name in all markets from 1962 onwards. In 1964 another R8-derived engine of 1108 cc was introduced to the Caravelle, producing 55 hp (41 kW).