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YAK Car Pic of the Day

87 alliance gta conv slvr albion

The other day we featured here a rare (fewer than 6,000 produced) 1967 Pontiac Grand Prix convertible. Ho-hum. This 1987 Renault Alliance GTA convertible, seen Saturday while passing through Albion, is one of only 1,029 that left AMC’s Kenosha, Wisconsin plant before the plug was pulled on the whole AMC/Renault alliance (pardon the pun) with AMC’s sale to Chrysler. The Alliance was based on the French Renault 9, which wasn’t a bad car at all and did very well across the pond. The Alliance also started out gangbusters here, being named Motor Trend magazine’s 1983 Car of the Year — before quality control problems crept… no, leapt full-force into the big picture. Different models and trim options were added over the years, but sales kept sliding. Finally in 1987 the GTA made its debut, a car which some automotive journalists compared favorably to VW’s pocket rocket GTI. Seems laughable now, seeing how things turned out. This silver convertible, wearing a current set of plates, I’m assuming is still on the road.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

  • Sean Danvers

    Is it just me or are those windows disproportionately large for the vehicle?

    • Jim Corbran

      I suppose that because the convertible was based on the sedan, they were stuck with its windshield height, and thereby the roof height along with the side windows.