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1951-1960 Renault Frégate

The Renault Fregate is a full-size or executive car produced by the French automaker Renault between 1951 and 1960.

The Fregate was conceived in the years immediately following World War II. Renault, which then had recently been brought under control of the French state, needed a new modern, upmarket model to both improve its image and to cater to the needs of consumers in the quickly recovering economy. Several prototypes were produced before the Fregate design was put into production. Initially, the car had a rear-engined layout as in the recently launched 4CV, but Renault decided to go with an engine mounted ahead of the driver.

The Fregate was unveiled at the 1950 Paris Motor Show, but the first model was not delivered until November 1951. Production built up only slowly. The assembly plant at Flins where the car was constructed, which had been renamed after the recently deceased Pierre Lefaucheux, was formally opened in October 1952.


The Fregate was initially available in two trim levels, Affaires and Amiral. Renault addressed the complaints about the lack of power from the 2 litre engine by introducing the new 2141 cc Etendard engine in 1956, which produced 77 hp (57 kW). A popular estate model badged Domaine was also launched in 1956, along with the new, luxurious Grand Pavois trim package. In 1957 a three-speed ‘Transfluide’ semi-automatic transmission, incorporating a fluid coupling, became an option along with a slightly more powerful version of the 2141 cc engine producing 80 bhp (60 kW; 81 PS).

The 1958 models saw another modified front grille. The prominent wide chrome oval and horizontal bars were removed to leave only the row of thin bars over which, since 1955, they had been placed.

Nevertheless, the market for larger saloon cars had been taken by Citroen in 1955 with the introduction of their futuristic DS, followed in 1957 by its more aggressively priced ID variant. Sales of the Fregate gradually declined throughout the late-1950s, and production ceased in 1960. In total, 163,383 Fregates were made in the Flins-sur-Seine factory.


Under an agreement with American Motors Corporation (AMC) beginning in 1962, Renault began selling the Rambler Classic as the Renault Rambler Classic as a replacement for the Fregate. The Rambler Classics were assembled from CKD (Completely Knocked Down) kits in Renault’s factory in Haren, Belgium and the executive class cars were marketed in Algeria, Austria, Belgium, France,

the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

Pierre Lefaucheux

Ironically, Pierre Lefaucheux, who had succeeded Louis Renault after his arrest and subsequent death, to become director of the now nationalized Regie Renault — died in a car accident near Saint-Dizier when he lost control of his Renault Fregate on an icy road and was struck on the head by his own unsecured brief case as the car rolled over. By then he had also overseen most of the development of the Renault Dauphine, which would be presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1956.

48 Healey SR Replica (1968)

Healey SR Replica (1968)

By the mid-1960’s Donald Healey had become focused on entering a car at Le Mans with the object of an overall win, and for this he would need a purpose built racing car. Donald’s son Geoff Healey as chief engineer set to work with chassis designer Barry Bilbie on the design of the car now designated the SR. Together they created a mid-engine design around a sheet steel centre section to be made by John Thompson of Wolverhampton and Climax loaned a 2 lite V8 Tasman engine and the services of engineers Wally Hassan and Harry Spears. The transmission was a five speed Hewland DG300 with competition clutch. The body skin was fashioned in Birmabright a corrosion resistant magnesium alloy.

Entered in the 1968 Le Mans the car ran well until the third when a clutch bearing seized forcing retirement.

For 1969 the car was redeveloped with a longer wheelbase and strengthened transmission but again the car retired, after four hours, the result of damage from accident debris causing loss of coolant.

The Climax engine was returned and the car was redeveloped with an open cockpit for 1970. It was powered by a 3.0ltr. Repco-Brabham V8 but suffered ignition failure on the last lap of the race.

The car now resides in Australia. The remaining components were sold at auction bought by an Australian buyer who constructed a second car, officially known to Healey as SR2, this car is currently for sale in Belgium.

This replica was built by Brian Wheeler. The principal differance is that the original car a steel tub with all of the skin panels in Birmabright while this car is all aluminium. The engine is a 3.5ltr Rover V8 mated to a Renault 30 transmission and the suspension is of different components. The cockpit is near as possible to the original

Shot at the Classic and MPH Show, NEC, Birmingham 13.11.2010. Ref 66-048

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