While the US government decided Chrysler was too big to fail and bailed out the company with loan guarantees in 1979, American Motors was judged just the right size to fail and had to get bailed out by the French government. This led right to the weird history of the Renault Alliance, which included a Wisconsin-ized Renault 11 hatchback called the Encore. The Encore wasn’t a huge seller in North America and the car tended to deteriorate quickly under American conditions, so today’s Junkyard Find is a rare one.
Can you see yourself in, or maybe as an Encore?
Driverless, stretchy Encores bend lysergically about the nation’s mountain roads!
This car spent at least part of its life being towed behind a giant RV.
There’s no telling how many of these miles took place under the Encore’s own power.
23-channel CBs had been obsolete for quite a few years before this car was built, so this Surveyor rig was an antique even in 1985.
January 10, 1985 was a fine day in Kenosha.
Kenosha or not, this HVAC control panel has a suspiciously foreign look about it.