30s low-cost

Celtaquatre (ZR2)

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1935
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RENAULT’S

RESPONSE TO

THE TRACTION

In 1934, Citroën launched its Traction Avant 7CV. Renault’s response: the launch, just two days later, of its new 8CV that would become its next entry-level model: Renault Celtaquatre. These two cars, although very different had one thing in common: they were similar in price and highly competitive!

1935
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spirit

AN

INSTAGRAMMABLE

FIGURE

At a time when aerodynamics were the prevailing trend in automotive design, Renault Celtaquatre opted for smooth, round lines. Its curves even inspired the nickname given to early versions of the Renault Celtaquatre, the Renault Types ZR1 and ZR2, affectionately known as the “Celtaboule” (Celtaball).

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interior

EXPERIENCE VS.

NOVELTY

While Citroën pinned all its hopes on the Traction, Renault Celtaquatre was a rear-wheel drive. Renault thus stuck to tried-and-tested techniques and mechanical systems, bucking the trend set by the competition. Indeed, Renault’s sales documents from that time promoted these reliable technologies, lauding Renault Celtaquatre as a “car with experience”, a jibe at Citroën Traction's early reliability issues.

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original soundtrack

LISTEN TO

THIS PLAYLIST

A sound that sent it to the top of the charts! Renault Celtaquatre had that kind of keenness that proved she knew what she was doing.

technical features

REAR-WHEEL

DRIVE

  • production

    67,870 units from 1934 to 1938

  • Performance and engine

    4 cylinders inline, 1,463 cm3, 34 hp

    3-speed gearbox + reverse

    100 kph

  • dimensions
    Length from 3.80 m to 4.20 m, depending on version
    Width 1,55 m
    Height 1,59 m
  • architecture

    front engine, rear-wheel drive

    bodywork with wooden structure built on a separate chassis

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