Renault’s Giugiaro-styled 21 was a pretty, but forgettable repmobile, its only technical novelty being a mixture of transverse and longitudinal engines, which betrayed the car’s mixed parentage. However, when La Regie bolted on a turbo the 2-litre, which was its party trick during the ‘80s, it was transformed into an entertaining sports saloon that could eat BMW 325is for breakfast. And if 175bhp doesn’t sound that much these days, consider a 0-60mph time of 6.5 seconds, and all the wheelspin you could ever want. Many still going strong, and making good money.
Price at launch:
rack and pinion