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1980s 6x6 Renault 5

If you liked Merc's mighty G63 6x6, you'll love this crazy 6x6 Renault 5. This wonderfully mad creation was built by Frenchman Christian de Leotard in the 1980s.

He was also the man responsible for a 6x6 Range Rover that appeared in the late 70s, and he wanted to try the same trick with the humble Renault 5. As you can see from the above picture, one of the converted cars took on the Dakar rally. As if that wasn't enough madness, Leotard also created a Renault 5 Turbo Version.

That car had a 5 Alpine engine in the front, and a Renault 5 Turbo unit in the back. It had two gearboxes with two synchronized levers.

Sadly, this twin-engined machine is thought to have been destroyed in a 2003 fire, while the Dakar version was last reported to be rotting away in a museum in Cannes.

📚: Matt Robinson via