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Lot 216: 1957 Renault 4CV Saloon

Les Grandes Marques a Monaco, Bonhams (20 May 2006)

Conceived in secret during wartime, the 4CV had been influenced by the most advanced small car of the pre-war period - the FIAT 500 Topolino. Better equipped than many cars twice its size, the Topolino, with its hydraulic brakes, independent front suspension and 12-volt electrics, set a new benchmark of refinement for small cars when launched in 1936. In production from 1946, the Renault 4CV improved on its Italian rival's specification by virtue of its four-door, four-seat body, all-independent suspension and overhead-valve engine, though the FIAT would soon gain the latter. The 4CV's rear engine also set it apart from the FIAT of course, and this layout would characterise all Renault's mainstream passenger cars until the 1960s.
Initially of 760cc (it was downsized to 747cc in 1950) the four-cylinder engine produced between 19-22bhp and drove via a three-speed gearbox. The 4CV's top speed was around 60mph, but for those who wanted more excitement there was a high-performance version - the R1052 Sport. 4CV production had totalled over one million units by the time the model was withdrawn in 1961, the car's outstanding commercial success providing the foundation for Renault's post-war resurgence.

Victor Ribeiro discovered this superb example while on holiday in the Gers, south western France. The 4CV was rust-free when found and has since been totally restored, only the bonnet’s underside being left untouched as evidence of its original condition. Finished in cream with matching interior, the car has covered a genuine 45,000 kilometres from new. This emblematic Renault, which celebrates its 60th birthday this year, comes with Portuguese registration papers.

Victor Ribeiro a découvert ce magnifique exemplaire en passant des vacances dans le Gers (sud-ouest de la France). Cette 4 CV était exempte de toute corrosion, mais elle a été depuis totalement restaurée. Seul le dessous du capot a été laissé tel qu'il a été trouvé comme preuve de son excellent état d'origine. Peinte en crème avec intérieur assorti, la voiture a réellement parcouru au total 45 000 km. Cette emblématique petite Renault, qui célèbre son 60e anniversaire cette année, est accompagnée de ses papiers portugais.

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Auction Les Grandes Marques a Monaco
Bonhams, Monaco
Lot Number216
Outcome NOT SOLD
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