Everyone recalls the first “car for living”The Renault 4, the first “car for living”, soon to be dubbed the “4L”, was the result of a brilliant idea: create a versatile car that could be used for every occasion. Jean Le Cam also sees it as an all-terrain car due to its lightness, as he explained to L’Equipe last March: “I call my boat a 4L to give it an image. The specification of the Renault 4 was drawn up so that it could be used in the desert. It was a vehicle that could take you anywhere, a true 4x4.”
And this is what the 4L has demonstrated in the 4L Trophy, a rally that has been held every year since 1997. The robust 4L can take on whatever the route can throw at it, be it on sandy or rocky ground. It would be hard to name another model still capable of all that 60 years after its introduction!
Unveiled in July 1961, the 4L is a 5-door model with a hatchback that opens onto a versatile space: by folding down the rear bench seat, the saloon converts into a pickup. So a family car, but also an icon of French pop culture, and let’s not forget the impression it has left on our minds as the vehicle of the gendarmerie, the post office and other key professions. The Renault 4 minivan will go on to proudly bear the colours of myriad tradespeople, local authorities and large chain stores. In other words, as Jean Le Cam says a “true historic monument”!