Europe has a long history of bare-bones, open-top vehicles intended for beach goers. One of the most valuable is, and one of the few to make it to America is the Thing. One that we didn’t know much about is the Renault , which .
According to one of, in , the Rodeo was proposed to as a new model by another company called “Ateliers de Construction du Livradois (ACL),” and Renault was receptive to the idea as a competitor to the Mehari. For reference, was a very similar open, plastic-bodied beach car, but the Citroen was clearly the more popular car. Evidence of that comes from the fact Citroen even created .
Back to the Rodeo, the original that launched in the 1970s was kind of lumpy and awkward. This later 1984 version is much more trim and modern-looking. It’s all flat surfaces and hard lines, punctuated by bolts piecing together the body panels. It does have a canvas top,…