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WATCH: From the scorching Sahara to gruelling mountain tracks, there's a reason why the Renault 4 is such a legend

2018-07-24 12:04

Robin Classen

Image: Net Car Show

The legendary Renault 4 celebrated a fruitful 33-year production span selling over eight million cars in that time.

The boxy little hatchback was practical, robust and cheap which made it such a hit in the market.

A French classic

To this day, it remains the best-selling French-made car in automotive history, competing against the likes of VW's Beetle, the Fiat 500 and Citroen's 2CV.

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Its robustness stems from the fact that it was put through testing in the most grueling conditions that include the scorching Sahara sun, the cold and snow of Minnesota and the challenging mountain tracks of Sardinia before it hit the market.

The Renault 4 also came in a few derivatives which include a panel van, 4x4 and convertible. Customers were spoilt for choice.

Renault knew what they wanted from the car and executed it to sheer aplomb. It remains to be seen whether or not any other model can eclipse what the 4 did all those years ago.

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