Atlas Dinky Toys 543; Renault Floride; Metallic Gold

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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. A model tuned by Renault performance guru Amedee Gordini was sold, which produced 40 hp (30 kW) as opposed to the standard model's 35. The Floride was launched in the United States and Canada as the Renault Caravelle a year after its introduction in Europe.

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). The Floride's body style, particularly the front end, has been acknowledged by former BMC designers as an inspiration for the MGB.

I was just a bit puzzled as a kid as to why anyone would name a car after something you put in toothpaste, I wasn't up to differentiating between floride & fluoride. I wonder if that is why they changed the name?

Norev produced this reproduction Dinky for Atlas Editions in 2018, it was in the Dinky France range from 1960 to 1963.

This Atlas Dinky was sourced in July 2020 from a private collection

 
Atlas Dinky Toys 543; Renault Floride; Metallic Gold Atlas Dinky Toys 543; Renault Floride; Metallic Gold Atlas Dinky Toys 543; Renault Floride; Metallic Gold
Atlas Dinky Toys 543; Renault Floride; Metallic Gold Atlas Dinky Toys 543; Renault Floride; Metallic Gold Atlas Dinky Toys 543; Renault Floride; Metallic Gold
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