This is really a companion piece to jobjoris’ post from last week about the Renault 11. Here’s a look at the Renault 9 - the notchback version of the Renault 11. Actually, the R9 debuted nearly two years prior to the R11. In the US, it was known as the Alliance whereas the R11 was the Encore.
Much like its predecessor, the Renault 12, the 9 & 11 twins were a bit of a world car, entering production in France, Spain, Taiwan, the US, Columbia, Argentina and Turkey. Production in the US ended in 1987, and in France it lasted until 1989. But production in the rest of the world continued deep into the 1990s, with the last one rolling off the line in Turkey as late as the year 2000!
And like the R11, there was a hot Turbo version of the Renault 9 as well. Originally, the “Phase 1" R9s had single rectangular headlights, with the smaller quad units only being used on the Turbo version.
Phase 1 survivors are rare, at least in countries where it occasionally rains. Rust, as always, was a major issue. But for a bit of fun, I checked on a Turkish website. They had 48 R9s for sale - prices ranged from about US$ 1400 to about US$ 3500. It’s a dry climate, and most of the cars for sale were from the mid to late 90s. So if you absolutely must have one, there’s your chance.
The model is a 1/43 scale model by Bburago from sometime in the 1980s. It’s a bit too chunky to be true scale, and the wheels are rather fat for a small car like this. But there is a half decent level of detail about the car, and it has a nice colour. The huge casting flaw on the right hand side front door tells you a lot about the Bburago quality then - not crash hot. But they were cheap, and made models of cars otherwise not available.
And why oh why is there no model of the Alliance Convertible? Or is there?