In the 60s, Renault needed a car that could transport both people and goods at the lowest possible cost. The goal was to create Renault's “Ugly Duckling”. Although the car stood out because of its angular shape, it did meet the requirements. This new appearance was introduced in 1961 and the conquest of the French market – and later that of Europe – could begin!
Olivier bought this car in Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium. He describes his love for “Lucienne” as follows:
“I was looking for an older model for my first car. The Renault 4 was the only one that fit within my budget. During the test drive I immediately fell in love and gave her the name Lucienne. She had no rear windows, was white (blanc panda 348), had the smallest engine of 845 cm³ with 34 hp and was the simplest version. The seats were nothing more than a steel frame with some seat fabric. But she had a practical layout and handy storage spaces. Lucienne is simply fantastic!”
In decent shape
Olivier: “I bought her in reasonably good condition, but she had not driven enough with the previous owner. As a result, the engine was a bit tired and she only reached 80 kilometers per hour. After a thorough technical check and replacing the ignition, she drove like new again.”
Fight against corrosion
Olivier: “After six years, rust appeared on all four fenders. The bottom and tank had to be replaced. During my holiday my father replaced many parts and the car got a new coat of paint. The interior remained original, only the hood was replaced. I care for Lucienne with a lot of love and attention to detail. When I bought her she had black bumpers, plastic mirrors and door handles, all in poor condition. I gave her an 80's touch with the stickers on the front and rear windows. There is even an old Michelin map in a holder, a Renault fountain pen, an ELF parking ticket and a Renault umbrella in the car.”
We came across this car with a Belgian license plate in a small village in Normandy, France, where Olivier was on holiday with friends. Auto Motor Klassiek is also a popular magazine in Belgium that reaches many people's doorsteps every month. Olivier wanted to share the story of his steely girlfriend Lucienne. If you have a special classic and would like to share your experiences, we would love to hear from you. The stories can be shared with other enthusiasts both online and in the magazine.
Freedom and joy
For Olivier, driving means pure freedom, and wherever he goes, in both Belgium and France, Lucienne attracts a lot of attention. Its most important 'vitamin' is A (Attention). As a Belgian reader and fan of Auto Motor Klassiek he is happy to share his story.