DOWN TO BUSINESS

Inside, the R8 Gordini had a businesslike dash with twin speedo and tacho clocks, as well as a temperature gauge and brake fluid gauge – also innovative for its time. Other nice touches were a passenger grip, tilt-adjustable front seats (with black leather optional), two-speed heater, prewiring for fog lights, and laminated windscreen – all for a very affordable price of 11,500 FF. A whole generation of young French drivers were to settle into that cockpit to race in the Coupe Renault 8 Gordini, that also launched in 1966, before often going on to even greater things.