Only the Volkswagen Beetle and Ford Model T have sold in greater numbers than the Renault 4, which was France's best-selling car for almost two decades. Built along similar lines to the Citroen 2CV, it featured a utilitarian interior, odd dashboard-mounted gear lever and flimsy metal bodywork that looked like it was made from corrugated tin. Handling was excellent by virtue of its incredible grip, despite the massive body lean through corners. The 4 was extremely cheap and very practical, making it a big hit with French families, while it was also built in South America, Spain and Portugal to satisfy local demand. As well as a hatchback-cum-station wagon, the R4 could be ordered as a delivery van, pick-up truck and beach buggy. Over eight million were built over 31 years, and French production did not finish until 1992.
Renault 4 Specifications
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