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32 years

The Renault 4 is a car produced by (shocker) Renault. Production started in 1962 and ended in 1994, which makes it share the same birthyear with Tom Cruise, Axl Rose and Jon Bon Jovi.


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Renault 3?

Although the predecessor of the Renault 4 is the Renault 3, which “is” the same car, only 2526 cars were made, while the current estimate of the R4 sits at over 9 million. This was because the R3 was even slower than the R4.

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Although the Renault 5 Turbo and Renault 5 Turbo Maxi are now regarded as legendary rally cars, they use the same engine as this car: The Cleon Fonte. But the Turbo maxi makes 360 HP while in this car it barely makes 36 HP

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Impossible alignment

Older cars tend to have more unique suspension systems, like torsion bar suspension: take a wheel, attach it to an arm and take a long rod which slides onto the suspension arm. If the wheel goes up, the rod tensions up and acts like a spring! But where one torsion arm exists, another cannot, which means that on the Renault 4, the wheelbase is longer on the passenger side than on the driver’s side. Or was it the other way around? You can check if you want to!

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Although Renault never produced a four-wheel drive of the R4, it did participate in Paris-Dakar with such a system. The ability to transfer power to all four wheels meant the Renault 4 finished 5th and 3rd in 1979 and 1980. The driveline was made by the company Sinpar in the suburbs of Paris. Sinpar is long gone, but you are still able to visit their former workshop and train while at it, as it is a fitness.

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    working van

    1962 saw the launch of the 4 Fourgonette van, one of its most notable features was the ‘giraffon’ (giraffe hatch) over the rear door to accommodate ladders. the advertisement featured a drawing of a giraffe.