Launched in 1961 as Renault’s answer to the Citroen 2CV, the Renault 4 went on to become one of the most successful French cars ever made. In this readable and highly informative book, Renault 4 expert Mark Bradbury uncovers the history of the Renault 4, including the early design developments under Renault chairman Pierre Dreyfus and the ambition to build a car for the people when car ownership was soaring. This was to be a ‘blue jeans car’. Apart from its practical design, the Renault 4 also incorporated several technical ‘firsts’, including a sealed cooling system.
Building on its success, the Renault 4 went through several design changes and engineering improvements as well as a number of special editions. The author covers the motorsport successes, including the Paris to Dakar rally and a remarkable journey by four women in a Renault 4 through the Americas. The Renault 4 was also adapted into commercial variants such as small vans.
Engels, paperback, 2022, 96 pagina’s, Mark Bradbury. Amberley Books.