Located in the market town & Civil Parish in Norfolk, Wymondham is a small town 9.5 miles southwest of Norwich famous for its 12th Century Anglican Parish Church, Robert Kett and the Great Fire of 1615.
The car serves as an all-purpose car sometimes referred to as a symbol of French functionality.
Being the first family car by Renault that offered adaptable storage capacity and dynamic robustness, the company went on to produce a million in less than 4 and a half year after launch and eventually crossing the 8 million mark over its production run. Since the car was able to fill the sweet spot of an efficient, versatile yet cheap option for the post war European society, Drefus’s aim to make a car equivalent of Blue Jeans turned out to be a success with over 200,000 cars produced from 1964 onwards.
At first sight, Renault 4 comes across as a humble and down to earth family car, designed to the needs of a young working class family looking for an efficient, versatile and cheap option to commute. Also known as the Quatrelle, Renault 4 is a French economy hatchback that was in production from 1961 to 1992 (until 1994 in Slovenia).
A fun to drive car with its quirky placement of the gearstick designed off necessity rather than styling, the gearstick is linked to a rod that runs to the front of the engine compartment where the gearbox is placed. The 34 hp 1.1 Litre engine is perky and with a top speed of 75 MPH, the ride quality is reminiscent of the old French cars. Even with 1100 cc under the hood, the engine allows the driver to keep pace over potholes although cornering is concerning at times due to its near 2CV levels of lean.
Designed by Yves Georges, the car comes across more cohesive and more car like unlike Citroen 2CV, which was its main competitor at the time, the well thought-out functionality with the ingenious Fresh-air Control lever on the dashboard keeps the interiors basic yet finished.