Even a quarter-century later, the Renault Spider still feels radical

The 1990s roadster revival may have been triggered by Mazda’s MX-5, but it was the Renault Spider, an outsider more radical than anything that had ever rolled out of German factories, that really took the car world by surprise when it was unleashed in 1995.At its core, the Spider consists of only a chassis, an engine and a tubular frame around which only the most bare essentials of bodywork have been added. The original plan didn’t foresee the need for a front windscreen – and totally forget about side windows or a roof.With a 3.8-metre-long and only 1.25-metre-tall plastic body and a skeleton…

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