Loopin’ back to Europe. Loop bumpers, like tailfins, were a feature European carmakers did not care for very much. Two of the few European cars that got them are the Renault 15/17 twins of 1971. These were ‘sporty’ coupés, based on the Renault 12. The R15/17 were designed around 1968/69, when Chrysler presented their loop-bumpered fuselage cars. Renault must have been inspired by them. Early 15/17 proposals from 1968 had conventional front ends. Also, as the Renault 17 was planned for the US market, they may have adapted it to the latest US styling trends. Anyway, the 15/17 got their loop bumpers and the 17 was actually sold in the US. Well, it was offered, no-one bought it. Renault built 209.000 R15’s and just under 95.000 R17’s until 1979, when the Fuego took over.