Renault, Bedford, Plymouth - the cars that got away

By: Cliff Chambers, Unique Cars magazine

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UNC 377 RENAULT 5T MARCH 01 Renault UNC 377 RENAULT 5T MARCH 01
UNC 377 DORMOBILE POPTOP DEC 93 P133 Bedford UNC 377 DORMOBILE POPTOP DEC 93 P133
UNC 377 PLYMOUTH SATELLITE SEDAN SEPT 95 P28 Plymouth UNC 377 PLYMOUTH SATELLITE SEDAN SEPT 95 P28

Uncle Cliff goes trawling through our old classifieds to fish out the deals we missed - some good, some terrible.

Renault, Bedford, Plymouth - the cars that got away
Rally replica Renault would be a very tasty thing to have in the shed.

Mar 01  Renault 5 Turbo

Had this been the fully-kitted factory rally R5 Turbo offered at the 2014 Retromobile auction in Paris, its lucky owner would have gone home with a completely unexpected 400,000 Euros (less expenses). For reasons best known to collectors who are now on the hunt for competition cars from the golden era of Group B rallying, the mid-engined Renault is enjoying a surge in market appeal. Even road-spec examples like the RHD-converted car pictured here are worth a great deal more than the 2001 asking price. Is it still here?

Then $42,500  Now $125-175,000

Dec 93  Bedford CA Dormobile Camper

Most pommy migrants came to Australia with barely the clothes on their backs but some turned up with a complete mobile home. Dormobile was the most famous name in the UK  possibly the world  for pop-top camper conversions and thousands of Bedford, BMC, Vauxhall and VW vans resulted. Australia had plenty of its own CA vans with their sliding doors and compact dimensions; often used for mail collections, milk or bread deliveries. Most are gone but you might encounter the odd one at a car show. We hope the Dormobile found a caring owner.

Then $950  Now $9500-12,500

Sept 95  Plymouth Satellite Sedan

When Plymouth Satellite is mentioned, muscle-car lovers visualise a striped two-door hardtop with six-and-a-bit litres under the bonnet and smoke billowing from the wheel arches. However, the range of Second Gen Satellites also included sedans and even a station wagon version. Four-door Satellites are predictably scarce in Australia but also in the home of the Mopar where classifieds revealed just a lonely and rusty 1974 model. Records show 33,000 sedans were made during 1970 so if you bought and preserved this one you may be on a money-spinner.   

Then $3800  Now $12-15,000

(first published issue 377, 2015)

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