Estate,4 doors,4 seats
Not to be outdone by arch rival, Citroen, Renault launched its own budget-family model in 1962, the Renault 4. With similar but more modern and squarer styling to the Citroen 2CV the Renault 4 offered simple transport for four people and their luggage.
Like the Citroen the 4 featured a push-pull gear-change which was simple to use. The 4 came with a 747cc four cylinder engine, although later models received a larger 845cc unit. Although available with commercial vehicle bodies as well the Renault 4 passenger model was offered only as a simple four door estate. Production continued until 1992.
Buyers Guide Renault 4: 1961-1992 featured in Practical Classics November 2006 – available from our sister site Bookbase. Click here to view.
|845cc||S4 OHV||58mm x 80mm|
|Drivetrain||Steering||Front Suspension||Rear Suspension|
|Top Speed||0-60||SQM||MPG||Engine Pwr||Comment|
|70 mph||30.6 s||35 mpg|
Ghost of the past - Renault 4 1961-92
|Publication||Classic Cars August 2011|
|Ghost of the past - Renault 4 1961-92 - On its 50th anniversary we reveal the cultural and technical impact of this world-beating early hatchback.|
From Cradle To Grave - French letters - Renault 4
|Publication||Practical Classics October 2002|
|French letters - Can there really be much difference between the L and GTL, the first and last of the Renault 4 range? Yes there can, says David Lillywhite, but it's more in the character than the metal.|
|Publication||Octane August 2011|
|People's champion - Built for the masses and down to a price, Renault's innovative R4 caused a sensation 50 years ago - and it's still a great drive today.|
|Publication||Classics Monthly January 2011|
|White Lightning - Malcolm Vardy didn't just restore this Renault 4 - he made it quieter and a lot more powerful.|
Estate of the nation
|Publication||Classics Monthly May 2008|
|Estate of the nation- One was made for rural rough and tumble, the other for urban practicality. Both were blessed with a touch of European style. Renault vs Fiat.|
Starter Classic - Renault 4
|Publication||Classic & Sports Car May 2002|
|Starter Classic - Renault 4 - Alistair Clements acquaints himself with the Regie's 'mountain goat'|