Motoring history’s tendency to repeat itself has brought us another corker: Renault’s decision to resurrect the Safrane name tag.

Before nostalgic minicabbers get too excited, I should add that at least one lesson has been learned, and that Renault has no plans to actually bring the thing to the UK. Or, indeed, to Europe.

The new Safrane is intended to compete in the (mostly sandy) parts of the world where the natives still remember vintage big French saloons fondly. The hope is that the Safrane will be seen as a worthy successor to rugged barges like the Peugeot 504 and Renault 30.

Granted, the new car is nothing more than a rebadged Samsung SM5, which in turn is a slightly reworked Nissan Teana, but good luck to it.

But the new Safrane’s convoluted bloodline has sparked memories of another bizarre cross-branded saloon with Renault ancestry: the Ford Corcel.

Back in the late 1960s, Jeep maker Willys-Overland’s Brazilian subsidiary co-developed a new model with Renault based very closely on the then-unlaunched Renault 12.