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Offline gfaustino  
#1 Posted : 15 November 2006 11:56:00(UTC)

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I just found out last weekend that my father has a beautiful Renault 4 in his garage, in very good shape. I know it's from somewhere around 1971 or 1972, because it already has 4 gears and a H pattern gear change (introduced in 1971) and has the Renault logo that was kept until 1972 or 1973. The problem is that the interior was changed, and the front bench was replaced by two individual seats. I tried searching the web, but couldn't find a suitable picture of the original interior. Anyone can help?
Offline White Duck  
#2 Posted : 15 November 2006 11:58:29(UTC)
White Duck

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Can you put up some photos of the 4? Would be great to see it!

And perhaps Renault could help with pics of the original interior if you asked them nicely?
Offline gfaustino  
#3 Posted : 15 November 2006 12:10:18(UTC)

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Cheers Duck!

It's covered in dust at the moment, but I'm really intending to get it rolling. Will take some pictures as soon as I can and I'll post them here. Would be a nice change, it look great!

Being a dealer, my father could probably get some technical books, and info on the original directly from Renault. Will talk to him about it. The benches will probably have to be custom made now. I'm really excited.
Offline luffers  
#4 Posted : 15 November 2006 13:12:18(UTC)

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i had one with a bench seat vinal job, what you want to know. i also have at home a salesman handbook from that era i dig it ou and scan in some of the pics

Offline niki  
#5 Posted : 15 November 2006 22:18:10(UTC)

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think r-sport in wimbledon look after a renault 4 for renault . it goes to shows etc i think .
may be worth trying them to see if can you pictures or let you know where it will be next
Offline gfaustino  
#6 Posted : 15 November 2006 22:53:36(UTC)

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Thanks for the advice guys. I'll try and see what I can find.
Offline luffers  
#7 Posted : 15 November 2006 23:55:17(UTC)

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found my book, no pics of the iterior tho.

i'll scan in what it's got tommorrow at work

book also has in it r8 gordini, the 10 with a close up photo of it's push button auto
as well as 5,6,8,10,12,15,16,17and 4 van

its 70-73 models

bet there aint to many of these books around

the 17 ts was quite poky 120bhp from a 1.6 5speed and 112mph top end
Offline luffers  
#8 Posted : 16 November 2006 18:50:05(UTC)

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there you go anyone else got a early 70's reno ?
Offline gfaustino  
#9 Posted : 16 November 2006 19:08:59(UTC)

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Can't see the pics at work, the firewall is blocking them and I can only check them later, but thank you very much!

I'm not in a spending mood right now, but the other day I say a classic car dealer list and it had a Renault 8 Gordini for sale. Have no idea of how it was, or the asking price, but I'd love to have one of those. For now (in a few months time) I'll concentrate on getting the 4 back to standard and back on the road.

Saw a 17 the other day, with an elderly couple inside. In perfect condition, yellow with black roof I think. It's probably from the same owners since new, they were really old, driving around town very slowly, and the car is as new. It's an amazing car.

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Offline gfaustino  
#10 Posted : 17 November 2006 09:54:12(UTC)

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Seen it now. Thanks a lot! This really helped.

After all there could have been individual seats fitted as an option on the De Luxe version, will have to check if that's the case.

The pic is just like mine, even the color must be the same (it's a light pastel yellow). I don't remember it having those metal hoops at the front corners though.
Offline AudreyGB  
#11 Posted : 17 November 2006 10:17:27(UTC)

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My mum swore by them for years in the old days (1980s)! She had 4 sky blue ones.

I drove a van version of the R4 for work a few times, god almighty, the worst car I've ever driven! The gear change was a challenge, and the noise, and.... but it's still working it must be near 30 years old and it gets a thrashing so who says Renault's are not reliable? LOL
Offline gfaustino  
#12 Posted : 17 November 2006 10:24:45(UTC)

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They are tough as nails really. Mine is also over thirty years old and is like new. Didn't try it, but my dad says it's working just fine as well. I'm loving it (and i'm talking no big mack)
Offline luffers  
#13 Posted : 17 November 2006 10:25:28(UTC)

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I loved my 4.
had a really old 12 as well got it off some 90 year old bloke who had it from new 30,000 mile £250 was 76 i think.

i always wanted an 8 gordini as well and 16's are as cool as ****
Offline AudreyGB  
#14 Posted : 17 November 2006 10:33:35(UTC)

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R12... memories are flooding back. The colours were horrid! My dad had a yellow one and my best mate's dad a greeny colour. Dead LOL

I remember dad lost the exhaust once and it scared our dog so much she got stuck under the passenger seat! LOL

Old cars are great!
Offline power ranger  
#15 Posted : 17 November 2006 10:39:04(UTC)
Power Ranger

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cant beat a good old classic!

we had an old ren 5 in the other day with only 17k miles on the clock and it was a minter!
not one dent, scrath or rust and thats living on the coast line! as you know ren 5 were made out of tin!
Offline luffers  
#16 Posted : 17 November 2006 11:45:02(UTC)

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mk 1 5's are my all time fav especialy gordini's

my dad worked for reno for 30 years so between us i must have driven every reno from 70's -2000

i have owned a
5 2 mk1's gordinis 1 mk2
megane coupe & ccabrio

Offline AudreyGB  
#17 Posted : 17 November 2006 11:49:50(UTC)

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Nice one!
Offline gfaustino  
#18 Posted : 17 November 2006 12:48:09(UTC)

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Very good. My dad's got a 5 Gordini engine in the parts warehouse.

He used to have great cars as well, 5 GT Turbos, 9 Turbos, 11 Turbos. Unfortunately he's gone soft and went for a Vel Satis now. I'm keeping the spark alive now.
Offline Rutger  
#19 Posted : 17 November 2006 13:05:55(UTC)

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Can't say that my love for Renault came from my parents since none of them ever owned a Renault.

My grand father however had a Renault Dauphine. I think his first car ever.
Offline AndyCardiff  
#20 Posted : 14 May 2007 19:01:26(UTC)

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My love for Renaults started when my uncle had a brand new 1981 Renault 18 Turbo. I loved that car
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