Renault 4 CV Saprar, A Restored Survivor
In tune with American trends, Régie Renault’s Saprar subsidiary created an extensive catalog of accessories designed to embellish the Renault 4 CV. We present one of the few survivors, restored by a Spanish fan.
At the 1948 Paris Motor Show, the range of 4 CV sedans was expanded to include the Normal and Luxe versions. Saprar showed in that same event a particularly striking Renault 4 CV, which in that edition became the star of the stand of the diamond firm. Said company, whose initials correspond to Société Anonyme, Pièces, Réparation et Accessoires Renault, exhibited a copy created from the Luxe version, although equipped with an open body and provided with a waterproof canvas roof.
For this copy, completed in December 1949, his first destination was the Algerian city of Constantine.
When opening the suicide front doors, the interior gives the impression of being more spacious, due to the ivory and cream tones of the interior of the doors and the bright green and ivory colors of the imitation-leather that upholsters the seats and trims the wheel arches. and the door garments.
In the dashboard painted in ivory color, the horseshoe-shaped instrumentation stands out in the center, which only includes a speedometer graduated up to 120 km/h, the level of gasoline in the tank and the warning lights for low battery charge, oil pressure and excess coolant temperature. To your right, that kind of gray fungus is the ashtray and further to your right shines the chrome casing of the Philips radio, a real luxury at the time.
From the first meters you can see that the 4 CV is light, which helps the steering wheel to have a smooth handling, and the engine has a remarkable elasticity that compensates for its reduced power of 17 CV at 3,500 rpm.
In any case, the greatest stimulus that distinguishes this unique model is centered on its canvas roof. When it is folded, it reveals the varnished wooden crossbar and a finish at the height of much more luxurious convertibles.