Here for French Friday is the Majorette #270, the casting of the first-generation Renault Clio.
The Renault Clio was developed as a replacement for the Renault Supercinq - the second generation of the Renault 5, which had similar styling to the first generation, but had a new platform. The most notable Clio is, of course, the second generation Clio V6, with a bonkers V6 mounted in the rear and no storage space.
Red versions with Clio graphics and black or silver bumpers appear to be most common. This casting was also offered in yellow with Clio graphics and red bumpers, blue with racing graphics and white bumpers, and as a promotional issue in white. Majorette also cast the first and second-generations of the Renault 5, as well as the third and fourth (current) generations of the Clio (skipping the second).
Exterior detail is decent, with the requisite body lines molded properly. Lines on the 1:1 aren’t very strong either, so the plain-ness of the cast is correct. Headlights are molded as part of the window piece, while lines for the tailights are molded in. The hatch has proper Renault and Clio badges molded in along with an indentation for the handle. There is no rear glass to make it easier to open the hatch.
The Renault logo is molded into the front, with a grille molded into the black plastic below. The front and rear bumpers are part of the same plastic piece as the interior. Each bumper has the proper lines molded in, as well as license plates reading “1990 RG 69”.
The interior is fairly nice, with molded texture on the front buckets and rear bench. The steering wheel has proper spokes instead of being a plastic mushroom, and an umbrella is molded into the trunk area. As the interior is black, it is hard to see clearly, and impossible to photograph well.
The base is plain, like many earlier Majorettes. The two slots are for holding the car in place in the bubble packages that many were sold in. It has some heft, as it is made of metal. The listed scale on the base is 1:53, which makes sense, as this is an unusually large casting. Unfortunately, it looks a bit out of place when placed among even other 1:60 Majorettes, nevermind smaller casts.
This particular example was a cheap antique market purchase and has correspondingly worn paint and scratched glazing.
Like other French automobiles from the 90s, it’s a car that is not as known for its French-ness as earlier French cars, nor as stylish as later ones, and not very collectible as an oldtimer. This mundane-ness is exactly why I’m glad Majorette made a cast of this.
Thanks for viewing!