The Renault 4: special models

The Renault 4 is outside the standard models Saloon and Fourgonnette, also built in a number of different models. If you see them, you probably do not initially a Renault 4, because the cars often very different eyes than the standard versions. These cars were built by other suppliers, on whether or not modified, chassis of the Renault 4.


Sinpar kept since 1963 for the Renault 4, the four-wheel drive, so almost from the start of the introduction of the R4. On the outside there obviously is no difference with the standard version. The transfer case is under the hood and the additional drive shafts are located under the chassis. This all-wheel drive was most welcome abroad by the peasants in the countryside. In the Netherlands, there was really no market and therefore hardly delivered. The Renault 4 Sinpar which rode in the Paris-Dakar rally was of course also equipped with these drives, but also had a 130 HP. motor. They were third along in 1979 and second in 1980 in the rankings.

Beach Cars

The most famous beach car based on the R4 also came from the factory Sinpar .. The Renault 4 Plein-air. It's a car that was dependent on the weather, so have also been hardly see us. The name says it all: the Plein-Air. The car contained no windows or doors, and only had a roof, a soft top, which had to be built as a kind of tent. Because of the limitations of this "good-weather" car, was unfortunately put the production of this funny car already in 1970. stop.
As a counterpart to the Mehari, a typical beach car Citroen, was developed by Renault on the chassis of the R4 Rodeo. This was done in conjunction with ACL. The Renault Rodeo 4 was launched in 1970 with the 845 cc. motor. It is a rectangular, almost jeep-like model, which is made entirely of polyester. It is equipped with two doors and a down-hinged tailgate. If soft top there are many variations. From a single roof, to fully closed. The bad weather could be so kept outside if desired.
In 1973, the Renault Rodeo 6 was introduced under the base to the chassis of the Renault 6, which was used also for the Fourgonnette f6. This type had the 1100 engine and thus more power than the Rodeo 4. The shape of the Rodeo was six at the rear similar to that of his older brother, but at the front it was more angular. Also slightly larger doors and angular headlights instead of round Rodeo Rodeo 4. The sixth model were given the opportunity to purchase a hardtop, with diamonds on the sides. Around 1980 he was provided with the 1300 engine, which came from the Renault 5. Furthermore, there are some adjustments to include the grill and headlights place. In the course of the years, the production was taken over by Teilhol.

Rodeo 5

It is already the firm Teilhol responsible together with Renault Rodeo 5. A car that is described by many people as hideous, but still a small number of fans has managed to bind. Presumably a group of people who hated rust, because this car was made of polyester and polyurethane. Furthermore, it was for a 1981 best modern-looking car, with both the possibility of a soft top or hard top as an accessory.

The Renault 4 pickup

Teilhol also developed the Renault 4 pick-up, which saw the light in 1978. This car is the chassis of the Renault van f6 and could be performed with a hood. This model does have the look of a "real" Renault 4.

Other models

Outside the mentioned types was still the Caravelle S developed by Sovam, a car with the look of a sports car, of which only the chassis still does the Renault 4 thinking. There are in Spain even homebuilt body packages for sale to dress the chassis of the Renault 4. Approval of the R.D.W. For the Dutch market, there is probably not.
The above models and types have not all been available in the Netherlands, but are sparsely implemented by enthusiasts, whether or not affiliated with an Oldtimer Club, along nicely be able to tour around.