BLEU DE FRANCE

In September 1964, the first R8 Gordini went on show at the Salon de l’Auto in Paris. The Type R1134 was instantly iconic with its “Bleu de France” colour set off by a parallel double band of white running from front to rear on the driver’s side. The engine was now a four-cylinder 1100cc engine with a new cylinder head and twin Solex carburettors producing 80hp at 6500rpm and a top speed of 170km/hr, remarkable for its time. This racing DNA was to continue into the 1966 model, whose major distinguishing feature was its dual headlamps.