One of the last to have a number, made from 1988 to 1995 (and longer in developing markets)

It’s still a common sight in rural and small town France. I spotted this immigrant one a couple of months ago. Battered, but its owner still trusted it enough to take it abroad. It’s from north of Paris.

Top trivia:

The 21 was one of two Renaults designed by Guigiaro

It had a choice of longitudinal or transverse engines because Renault didn’t have a transverse gearbox strong enough for the larger engines and weren’t going to design one.

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The estate version was called the Nevada, except in those countries where the US state of that name had registered itself. It got called the Savanna there instead.

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The 21 was sold to the Americans as the Eagle Medallion, with added Americaness - funny lights and so on.

It was for a time called the Renault Étoile in Colombia.

There was a 4wd model called the Quadra.

The 21 replaced the 18 and like that car had a choice of four door or estate. Unlike the 18 that choice proved to be insufficient so an awkward looking hatch was added.

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