The Renault 4 will be 2021 years old in 1961. The French evergreen was launched in 1993 and produced more than eight million units. Until the beginning of 4, Renault built its evergreen, and often this was done in a special version. The R4 Parisienne was one such version. Renault initially launched this as an action model, but it was so successful that the Parisienne became a fixed value within the Renault XNUMX program for years.
A nice detail is that Renault responds to the female target group with the 4 Parisienne. In the early 4s, this is an important one for car manufacturers, because more and more women are buying their first own car. Renault works together with the magazine Elle for the design of the Parisienne. The intended action model gets a luxurious look, it is not without reason that the basis is the XNUMX Super with double bumper and the tailgate with the pocket window. The Parisienne is instantly recognizable. Large stickers with a tight diamond motif adorn the sides and the tailgate.
Debut with adjustments
The Parisienne makes its debut in December 1963. The original Parisienne design still has golden decorative piping in various places and, for example, a sticker with reed structure on the ventilation flap. They did not last long, these details disappeared after the dealer introduction. The reed-motif stickers on the sides and the boot lid remain in an adapted shape. Furthermore, the new action model is visibly benefiting from the innovations that the Renault 4 gets for model year 1964. The Parisienne gets a normal tailgate and the new chrome bumpers, supplemented with rubber rosettes. The decorative strips on the flanks remain, and the R4 Parisienne also gets sliding windows in the rear doors and closed wheel covers, which cover the entire rim.
Nice piece of marketing
The intended action model for women is catching on, not least because of the beautiful piece Prenez le valant, madame marketing that Renault applies. Together with partner Elle, the French are making a number of demonstration cars available for 48 hours, under the name Elle prend le valant. A subsequent questionnaire will investigate whether the test drivers in the R4 Parisienne see added value for the range. The promotion is very successful, and almost every questionnaire gives an affirmative answer. The Parisienne, Renault concludes, will be a fixed R4 version.
Basically, the R4 Parisienne already benefits from the options that buyers also have with the regular R4, for example. There are three furniture configurations, and it is also possible to equip the R4 Parisienne in combination with a roll top. In terms of detailing, you can also opt for a tartan.
Normal colors, even without stickers
You can also choose to let the stickers with motifs lapse. Renault also includes several normal colors in the R4 Parisienne program. The original black color is joined by a gray color, but is replaced by a dark blue tone. The R4 Parisienne is also available in burgundy, dark green and navy blue. The gray color will quickly disappear from the program. Depending on the market, the R4 Parisienne is available with the 747 cc engine (still known from the 4CV) and the 845 cc Export engine. Special: Renault mounts the Parisienne type plate on the right front mudguard, the left mudguard does not get the indication that can be found on the boot lid. And via the umbrella shifter, the driver operates three forward gears and one reverse.
Quiet to the end
In this way the R4 Parisienne continues quietly. It still benefits from the new 1967 dashboard, but in July 1968 the striking R4 version can be retired. The R4 Parisienne was a good example of how a manufacturer reached a specific buyer group with clever marketing. And conquered a place of its own within the long-running and illustrious story of one of the absolute evergreens in post-war automotive history.