If you haven’t noticed, France is kind of a big deal right now. Between Tour de France and Bastille Day, there’s no shortage of French pride in the streets.

We’re celebrating the best way we know how: by highlighting a few French classics that no doubt inspire a little national pride themselves.


Renault 5 Turbo: A standard Renault 5 was a front-engined, front-wheel drive slug. But this was the ’80s, so Renault fitted a turbo, stuck the engine mid-ship and went rallying. Lucky for us, about 3,500 road-going examples were built.

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Citroën 2CV: As simple as you like it. The 2CV was cheap to make, cheap to own, and it had a halfway decent ride. Between 1948 and 1990, over 3.8 million were made, changing very little if at all throughout its life. It’s hard to get it right on the first try, but a 42-year life span has to say something.


Peugeot 504 V6 Cabriolet: Casually sneaking onto Pininfarina’s résumé, the Pug 504 V6 ragtop is no doubt a looker. A shame then only about 1,000 ever graced the road.


Alpine A110: There’s something about the French and building rally-spec cars for the road. We don’t hate it. The A110 won the first World Rally Championship in ’73, so no doubt the road-going version embodied joie de vivre.


Citroën DS: Self-adjusting fluid suspension, space frame architecture, self-directing headlights… options on some modern cars, all standard on the 1955 Citroën DS. Ahead of its time in technology and styling, it’s no surprise the DS was a hit with likes of Cary Grant.

—Bryan Campbell