Here’s something I absolutely didn’t expect to find when I logged on to Autotrader today: A 1985 Renault Alliance in unusually nice condition. And not just that — a convertible Alliance, surely the rarest body style, with a new top and service records from an expensive recent service.
For those of you who don’t know the Renault Alliance — or those of you who might be wondering why the car is listed as an "AMC Alliance" — the basic gist is this: Back in the 1980s, Renault was a fledgling automaker trying to make its way in the lucrative North American market, but it was expensive to make cars for North America due to the regulations, the physical size of the country and the necessary dealership network. So Renault formed a partnership — an alliance, if you will — with AMC, which was also fledgling and losing market share fast, and the brands tooled up AMC’s factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to create the Alliance.
Of course, the Alliance wasn’t a huge hit, despite decent reviews at the time, and I truly don’t even remember the last time I saw one on the road. Certainly I haven’t seen one this nice since childhood; this one is in handsome condition with a nice body and good paint, a new top and a nice interior. If you’re looking for an Alliance, this is the one to get.
According to the ad, this Alliance has covered just under 38,000 miles from new, and it recently went through $4,700 in service, including that new top. The car is offered by Bauer Car Connection in Oklahoma City, who notes it’s a one-owner car that was stored for a long time, hence the condition. And while the $6,700 asking price may seem high for a 1980s economy car you’ve probably never heard of, you surely won’t find another like this.