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Renault built Rambler Americans in Argentina… badged as Renault Torinos from 1966 - 1977!

IKA-Renault Torino - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Notice their racing history too! 3rd place in the 1969 84 Hours of Nurburgring!!!

David

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The IKA-Renault Torino wasn't an American, it was an American/Classic hybrid. IKA = Industries Kaiser Argentina, which first built the Torino and a version of the Ambassador in Argentina. The Ambassador was really a Classic with Ambassador trim, not the extended wheelbase model madei nthe US. IKA had been building the Kaiser Manhatan, but needed a more modern car. They bought dies for the 63-64 (and later 65-66) Classic from AMC for their new car. It was powered by the Kaiser Tornado OHC six, which was also built in Argentina by IKA.

IKA decided they wanted to build "their own" car, so they modified the Classic two door hardtop body to take the front and rear ends from an American and had Pininfarina Studios rework the front and rear ends and design a new dash. It look like an American hardtop, but has the longer wheelbase of the Classic. One unique feature is that the front "frame" rails extend all the way to the back suspension rails, they don't end just past the front seat like US model do. Roads were rougher in Argentina!

Renault bought into IKA in the mid 70s and rebadged the Torino as a Renault. They built it until 1982.

Frank Swygert
American Motors Cars Magazine
www.amc-mag.com
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Thanks Fred! Lots of info for us.
David

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