A robust and functional car that started car life in the early 50s in several versions in the larger car segment. Immediately available in three versions that were technically identical. This Renault Colorale Pickup was originally a French tow truck.
Bart found it in a reasonably original condition. A previous attempt at restoration by the previous owner had failed. Partly because of the lack of parts, maybe also because of a lack of time, and who knows, a lack of finances. The crane arm of the Renault Colorale Pickup was even still present. This makes it possible to completely restore it to its original state as a crane truck.
Forerunner of today's space vehicles
The passenger version was very spacious and high, a five-door body and a straight rear. The engine was strong (but also heavy). Heavy in weight and steering. That may have been the reason why it was not a commercial success. The engine was already an oldie, known from before the war. The originally well-known tow truck was transformed into a real pickup version in the golden hands of Bart.
Bart: “I bought this beautiful Renault Colorale in 2011 in Amersfoort and restored it - with many interruptions - in a period of 3 to 4 years. The car was in a complete and original condition. So I didn't need many parts. But fortunately the help of Reinier Schouten, a good knowledge and car enthusiast. I was able to present the car for the first time at the old-timer truck show in Stroe at the beginning of July this year. I am also active with other old-timers in the wonderful ways of memory. My father is co-organizer of the old-timer festival in Stroe.”
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