From Petri Rousku, living in Lappeenranta in the south-east of Finland, I received the following letter:
My car is a Renault 16 TS of year 1971. The colour is original, bleu royal (n:o 448). it has 249 000 km in the meter. I'm the second owner, I bought it already in 1990 with my summer job salaries. The first owner was a doctor, who had very precisely documented every overhaul. Among other things, it's been recorded that the engine has been changed after appr. 170 000 km.
|The car was in reasonably good condition except the rear suspension and seat trim. After repairing the rear suspension somehow I drove it for several years. Only in 1999 I started to repair again the rear suspension to get it properly positioned. After that i continued to examine the car further, and continued to weld other places (sills, floor, etc. as you with your '68, but not as bad condition). I worked gradually for 5 years between my daily job, got it painted and new trims for the seats (almost original looking original colour light grey). I found also a fine Blaupunkt stereo radio cassette player of 1971 to place it in the original radio console.|
|There's still some minor things to do, but I've had many enjoyable journeys with it also this summer. Renault 16 is a very rare car nowadays in Finland due to the weak corrosion resistance, there are only 18 cars left in the Finnish register. (It used to be a relatively common car for 30 years ago.) I know there are some renovation projects going on, but they won't be too easy, not least because of the difficult spare part availability. (As a nice comparison, I bought a Citroen DS '71, and there's everything available...).|
Last revision 2006-08-20