Jaap loves Renault, the French voiture has already conquered his motorists' heart during his working years at the Renault dealer Rosier in Leeuwarden. Already at that time he thought it was an appearance with daring modern contours and we are talking about the 60s/70s. In principle, the Renault 16 TS has the same body as the normal 16, but is equipped with various improvements. All the extras as standard equipment showed a price tag of ƒ 9.995
By: Dirk de Jong
Jaap: “Extras are a heated rear window, the backrests are tub-shaped. On the bumper in front of the grill two rectangular spotlights, two-speed windshield wipers, a pedal for operating the windshield washer and map reading light. And what is of course even more important is the increase in engine power. This gave the Renault 16 TS a top speed of 163 km/h, while the standard 16 has a speed of 145 km/h. The braking system was therefore reinforced and equipped with a brake booster, in short, safe and above all more comfortable.”
Jaap: “At my employer, the Renault 16 was the executive car, with the 16 TX as the top model. The predecessor of the 16 TX was the Renault 16 TS with no less than 83 horsepower. My 16 TS is a very early version, signed in March 1968 in a burgundy-red color and what is very special: Unrestored. For me, this Renault 16 TS is a gem, also because of its own memories of that time.”
times gone by
Jaap: “I have owned the car for 25 years now. My search started in the south of France (Biarritz) where we stayed as a family with friends with whom we still have a warm contact. There was no internet yet, so we had to rely on local newspapers with the car range from the region. Finally, the car was found in Grenoble, exactly the color I was looking for, and more importantly: The TS version. It was now just a matter of getting the technology back in tip-top order and tackling the small rust spots.”
The car remained on a French registration number for the first time, which immediately gave nice reactions in the Netherlands. (Now that is no longer allowed.) The car was also used on long holiday trips to many countries within Europe, but a five-speed gearbox was fitted for comfort. Does this special Renault 16 TS only appeal in the Netherlands? Certainly not… In all countries; Belgium, Germany, Denmark, the Czech Republic, and of course France, Jaap received many praises for his possession. His last public appearance was at a concours d'elegance where his daughter Jolanda was behind the wheel. Special because as a baby of 1 year, she and her family were introduced to this special 'voiture' in the south of France. It is now a preserved copy. But Jaap can't wait to let go of the clutch again and experience the surprise of a spirited acceleration on our Dutch road. We visibly raise our thumbs at this story by Jaap.
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