the great and glorious

4CV

4CV
1949
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CLANDESTINO

In the midst of the Second World War, Renault was secretly working on the development of a small car. Secretly but efficiently as, despite the wartime conditions, Renault's designers laid the foundations for Renault 4CV, which was launched in October 1946 once France had embarked upon its reconstruction.

1949
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spirit

FLEXIBLE IS

THE WORD

“4 doors, 4 seats, 4 CV, 440,000 francs!” With this memorable slogan, Renault affirmed its ambitions to make the Renault 4CV a compact, comfortable and economical car. Renault 4CV was able to carry four people comfortably, its flat floor kept clear by the rear positioning of the engine.

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original soundtrack

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THIS PLAYLIST

After the Second World War and the Liberation, it would have been wonderful to have had a multi-tone horn on the Renault 4 CV tuned to play the Marseillaise! Never mind – it’s horn still definitely sounds like the 1940s.

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A MILLION!

As a symbol of the return to peacetime prosperity, Renault 4 CV became the first French car to be produced in excess of 1 million units (with over 1,105,000 sold), largely due to the use of transfer machines, heralding an era of automation.

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technical features

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  • production

    1,105,547 units from 1947 to 1961

  • Performance and engine

    4 cylinders inline

    from 747 cm3 to 760 cm3 depending on version

    from 17 to 21 hp depending on version

    3-speed gearbox

    90 kph

  • dimensions
    Length 3,60 m
    Width 1,43 m
    Height 1,45 m
  • architecture

    small two-box car

    rear engine

    rear-wheel drive

    monocoque body

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PURE

VINTAGE

The sheer style of the Technicolour years.

heritage

FROM 4CV

TO 4L

Renault 4 CV was the best-selling car in France until 1955, and embodied a return to peace and prosperity. In 1961, however, it bowed out, making way for another big Renault success, the R4, which went down in history under the name 4L.

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