Over at a little-known car auction website called Collecting Cars, a small-but-not insignificant car collection is going up for sale. This time around they are not supercars, but an interesting mix nonetheless.

Being offered by Renault – these are all museum and heritage-collection cars from the same French marque, but these are not obscure foreign vehicles, they are legends in the international car walk of fame.

We get to see the cars in real-time as Chris Harris walks around the parking lot recounting his memories of each car, and then we see the best of the bunch out on the road.

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On a rainy day in an unnamed location, the cars sit in a hangar waiting for the auction to go off to their new car enthusiast owners.

Perhaps the biggest draw immediately is the classic 1970s Renault Alpine A110, a rally homologation car that was small, agile, and rear-engined like a period Porsche 911; here it is in 1600 SX form with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 150 hp from its carburetor-driven fuel system.

With around 50,000 miles on the clock and in this near-perfect condition, it will likely command a high premium even though it has no reserve – generally, Renault Alpines regularly sell for more than $100,000.

There are a lot of Clios. As Chris points out these cars are all legends in their own field, the majority are small hatchback city cars but with weight reduction, special suspension, and powerful naturally aspirated engines they handle extremely well on a track or your favorite road.

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Renault Alpine A110 1600 SX, blue, side profile, parked
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Apart from the Alpine, we see a Clio 182 Trophy, a quick and surprisingly good city car-turned rally car.

It uses a 2-liter engine with 180 hp and features Sachs dampers and Recaro seats – Renault used to be serious about performance and these cars are essentially modified to provide performance and fun to the everyday working man or woman.

There is a slew of Meganes from different periods also, an R26R which debuted in 2008 and a later Trophy-R: the modified Meganes are fast hatchbacks built for the track as well as the road, with roll cage, racing seats, and turbocharged 2-liter engines, making between 230 hp and 300 hp.

Chris mentions that the Meganes are also quick on the Nürburgring, and that brings us to the Renault Sport Spider.

With no roof and a 2-liter naturally aspirated engine inside the svelte little body making just 148 hp, it was the French people's answer to the Lotus Elise – lightweight and good on a track, but even less practical.

Here’s hoping these cars get snapped up and used in the way they should be, by their new owners – blasting down a small road or taken to track days.

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