Please note that the cars or exhibit items shown in this database are part of our collection but may not be on display when you visit.
In 1898, Alfred Renault, choosing not to go into the family button business, built a small car in a workshop in the garden of his family’s home. The “Type A” was shown at the 1899 Paris Salon. The 4CV symbolizes Renault's rebirth following massive bomb damage during World War II. Following development work conducted under cover during the German occupation, the 4CV was finally unveiled to the public at the first post-war Paris Motor Show. It was an immediate success, as it became the symbol of new-found liberty after five years of bitter conflict. The 4CV, launched in 1946, was the first French car to top production of a million units and is one of the smallest 4-door saloons ever made.
Its dimensions are:
Length: 10' 8" width: 4' 6" height: 4' 4" weight: 1,232 pounds
Renault is still in production to date.