While I was in Las Vegas last month, my husband bought me a car. He is awesome. I am spoiled.
He is constantly emailing me auction listings or craigslist posts for some lovely, needy, incredibly inexpensive (and crusty, rusty, near total loss) motor vehicle that needs saving. Usually I am the voice of reason and I tell him no: we don't have room, or the time to work on it, or just can't afford another vehicle. Then he sent me pictures of a little 1958 Renault 4CV that needed a home and I lost my mind completely.
There is a history of the 4CV on Wikipedia but basically, this car was the French answer to the Volkswagen. It was intended as a cheap utility vehicle for people, especially those in the countryside, to use after the war. Production began in 1947 and ended in 1961. You don't see a lot of these cars in the US but, as it was once France's most popular vehicle, many of them survive and are still in use in France.
Ours came to us as an empty shell with no trim, a stuck engine, and no back window. Still, she's progressing nicely. The floors and undercarriage have been painted with anti-rust coating. Seats and steering wheel are on order. The engine is full of Marvel Mystery Oil and is un-sticking a little at a time. All the parts to get the engine running have arrived. We should be able to make her somewhat road-worthy in no time! At least I hope so because I'd really love to be able to drive her!
Isn't she adorable?