Renault 1698 points

Car of The year
To replace a rear-drive car of limited success, the Frégate, Régie Nationale gave front wheel drive (with gearbox in front end, as in R-4/6) to its new top of range. Later, this mechanical unit would be fitted to Alpine’s 2-seat berlinette. Unusual, and very determining for looks, was the rear hatch access to load area. 5-door body, 4.23 m long. Independent suspension at 4 wheels. 4-speed manual or 3-speed auto transmission. OHV 4-cylinder 1.5 (55 hp) and 1.6 (83) engines.