Unveiled in June 1962, the Renault 8 was the successor to the popular Renault Dauphine, using the same rear-mounted 956cc engine delivering 48 hp. The major upgrade was a four-wheel independent suspension and disc brakes all round. Renault CEO Pierre Dreyfus saw the sporting potential of the company’s rear engined, rear-wheel-drive models and reached out to designer Amédée Gordini.