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November 17, 1986 – The Assassination of Renault CEO Georges Besse
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November 17, 1986 – The Assassination of Renault CEO Georges Besse

Georges Besse (Renault) On this day in 1986 Georges Besse, the 58-year-old CEO of French automaker Renault, was gunned down just steps from his Paris home. Besse had become head of the company in 1985 when it was not profitable. Under his aggressive actions, Renault reported gains for the first time in years, just two months before Besse's assassination. In addition, Besse invested heavily into American automaker AMC, of which Renault was a major stockholder. While many executives saw AMC as worthless, as it too was losing money at the time, Besse forecast Jeep to be among the most profitable brands in North America. He did his part to make that happen. 1986 Renault advertisement The quick turnaround of Renault was not without significant loss for the French people. To become pro...
July 9, 1979 – A Renault explodes in attempt to kill Nazi hunters
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July 9, 1979 – A Renault explodes in attempt to kill Nazi hunters

A Renault belonging to famed Nazi hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld exploded at their home in France on this day in 1979. The Klarsfeds were the target of a car bomb supposedly planted by ODESSA, an international organization established by former SS Nazi officers. The bomb missed their target and the Klarsfelds were saved. They continued seeking out Nazi officers to bring them to justice for war crimes. Above: The Klarsfelds visiting Jerusalem in 2007. By Personal photographer - https://www.klarsfeldfoundation.org/, CC BY 3.0Top: A Renault 12 TL from the era of the car bombing. Serge was the son of a Jew killed at Auschwitz and Beate was the daughter of a Wehrmacht soldier. They pursued infamous Nazis such as Gestapo member Klaus Barbie who had earned the nickname "Butcher of L...
April 14, 1912 – A Renault sinks aboard the Titanic
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April 14, 1912 – A Renault sinks aboard the Titanic

There are probably very few, if any, remnants left of a certain 1912 Renault Type CB Coupe de Ville at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Yes, that Renault, made famous by Jack and Rose in "Titanic." The ship struck an iceberg during her maiden voyage on this day in 1912, sending it, 1,503 souls and that Renault to the ocean floor. William Carter had purchased the Renault in Europe and loaded it aboard the ocean liner, destined for New York City. He and his family joined the car on the ship, hoping for a nice cruise between continents. Obviously, that didn't happen, but unlike the Renault, Carter and his family made it back to shore. The vehicle has never been located, despite many excursions seeking Titanic artifacts. Cover and this image via Paramount Pictures "Titanic"
Future Collectibles – 1985 Renault Alliance convertible
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Future Collectibles – 1985 Renault Alliance convertible

If you so happened to click on this article, you and I have something in common - an affinity for the oddballs. Let's start with some history. In 1979 a partnership between AMC and Renault was established, with Renault holding a controlling interest. This resulted in the Alliance and its sibling, the Encore, being introduced to the American market in 1982. These cars, featuring an exterior designed by the director of styling at Renault, and an interior developed by Richard Teague, a longtime American auto exec, were built in Kenosha, Wisconsin. A total of 623,573 two door, four door, three door hatch, five door hatch and convertibles were built by the time production was discontinued in 1987. This 1985 Renault Alliance is listed on Craigslist outside Milwaukee, not far from where it was b...
July 9, 1979 – Renault car bomb for Nazi hunters
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July 9, 1979 – Renault car bomb for Nazi hunters

A Renault belonging to famed Nazi hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld exploded at their home in France on this day in 1979. The Klarsfeds had been the target of a car bomb planted supposedly by ODESSA, an international organization established by SS Nazi officers. The bomb missed their target and the Klarsfelds went on to continue seeking out Nazi officers to bring them to justice for their war crimes. The couple, a son of a Jew killed at Auschwitz and the daughter of a Wehrmacht soldier, pursued infamous Nazis such as "Butcher of Leon" Gestapo member Klaus Barbie, Vichy French civil servants Rene Bousquet and Jean Leguay, and French Nazi collaborator Paul Touvier, to seek prosecution against them for war crimes. The Klarsfelds once attempted to abduct Kurt Lischka, a former Gestapo chief fr...

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