Image: Renault via
Image: Renault via

I fell in love this Valentine’s Day. While visiting my coworker Jason in North Carolina, my fellow Jalop pontificated about the virtues of Renault’s trusty R4, a basic french car introduced in the early 1960s as the “blue jeans” of automobiles. It was simple, durable, practical, accessible to the masses, and became so successful that it remained in production until the early 1990s. It offered independent suspension (and had different wheelbases on each side due to the torsion bar suspension layout), a huge cargo area (and removable seats), front-wheel drive, and the most incredible dash-mounted shifter (which moved a giant lever to shift the transmission that sits in front of the engine). I could go on and on, because the Renault 4 is incredible.

Sr. Tech Editor, Jalopnik. Owner of far too many Jeeps (Including a Jeep Comanche). Follow my instagram (@davidntracy). Always interested in hearing from engineers—email me.

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Renault 4s were pretty popular in Ireland when I was growing up - not quite as spartan or as revolutionary as the 2CV - maybe for the 2CV driver who hankered for...a roof? - but definitely playing in the same space. Awesome little cars.

BTW I passed Torch Saturday morning as he walked up the hill from the BLT place - was that you with him? Double Jalop sighting.