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Fourgonnette brochures

Relatively few brochures exist for the fourgonnettes, compared to the berlines (I have over 300 for the berlines, and over 100 for the fourgonnette). Perhaps this is due to the fact that the fourgonnettes were sometimes presented in brochures together with the Estafette, perhaps because, after all, fewer fourgonnettes were sold, perhaps because fourgonnettes were working cars with less preservation potential than the privately owned berlines. However, they certainly are nice enough to devote some attention to.

The 'regular' years: 1962 - 1974

Introduced shortly after the berline late 1962, until 1974 there is one French brochure each year. The first few years they are rather different from the berlines, but from 1967 onward they are more or less in line with the berline equivalents. After 1974, it becomes a bit blurry, because new ones are published only irregulary. In Spain, though, very nice brochures were published every year from the (local) introduction in 1964 all through 1986, so a special page for them is here. More fourgonnette brochures can be found on the Brochure finder page.

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1962: The one on the left is arguably the first one. It nicely illustrates the 'girafon', first referred to as 'panneau bombé relevable et facilement amovible'. It exists, at least, also in Dutch. I have one from Canada (similar to the French one), but probably it was distributed likewise in Germany, Belgium and more countries. It is almost identical to the one for 1963. Differences are almost only in the text: the top speed (95 vs 100 km/h), the gears (2nd and 3rd synchronised vs all), the power (27.6 vs 32 CV SAE), and the colour of the inside on the drawing (grey vs white).

To the right, also from 1962: a small foldout brochure emphasizing the 'hauteur illimitée'. On the back is a Fourgonnette photo with low fuel pipe entry.

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A note on the 1962 brochure numbers:

The 1962 black and white leaflet (shown below, with on the back a photo showing the low fuelpipe entry) is numbered 45.921, and the 1962 Giraffe brochure 45.935. This places them just before resp. after the updated versions of the red berline introduction brochures (45.928 and 45.929) where the 'nervure centrale' was added. Compare this to the brochure number chart! After 1962, the fourgonnette brochures would have codes starting with 43, and berlines with 45, until 1973. So, the small drawn leaflets coded 43.681 (surdimensionnée with refridgerator, low fuelpipe entry), 43.689 (the 1963 Giraffe) and 43.690 (hauteur illimitée, with giraffe) postdate the first two ones having numbers in the 45000-range.

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On the left, also from 1962, a single-pager in black and white (a Dutch version with white text exists, too, as well as a German Kleinlieferwagen version). Here, also, the low fuelpipe entry can be seen on a photo on the back page. The French and German/Dutch versions have some differences (explained in more detail here). For instance, the French photo does not show the 'nervure central' and does not have outside rearview mirrors. The background twigs however can be traced one-by-one. To the right a very nice Danish one which does not show the common Giraffe but a zebra.. The text reads something like 'it grows with the tasks it is assigned'.

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A nice British one-pager for 1962 too (possibly 1963). In the UK, they are called 'Fourgon', the name always accompanied by the power, in this case 6-cwt. The design of the UK fourgonnette brochures would hardly change for the next 10 years!

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1963: This year brings a catalogue very similar to last years one. The top speed is increased from 95 to 100 km/h, as a result of the increased power. On the right a 1963 German brochure, combining the berline and the fourgonnette, drawing attention to the carrying capacity of the berline for bakers.

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A variation on last years small foldout, now drawing full attention to the 'hauteur illimitée'. To the right, a Belgian one-pager with not much more than technical information..

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1964: A new design for the large folder (on the left), showing two painters on the front page, and a rural scene (shown below left) on the back. The top speed: 100 km/h. The fourgonnette can now be delivered in three colours: bleu île de France, blanc réjane and gris oural, the same as in the Netherlands and Italy.

On the right the large Italian equivalent of the regular French brochure. In Italy, the fourgonnette is called 'cargo'.

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The small French version is shown on the left. Whereas the Dutch version is indistinguisable from the French (and not shown here), the Italian version to the right is a little different. Note, for instance, the different positions of the painters in the Spot the Difference section.

The small drawn Argentinian brochure on the right features some nicely redrawn photos from the regular French brochure - have a look at them in the Spot the Difference section.

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On the left, the back page of the 1964 brochure emphasizing the rural application.

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1965: This years version is very similar to the 1964 and 1966 ones. Whereas the French version lists the top speed as 100 km/h, in the Belgian and Canadian versions it is down to 95 km/h for the Tolé version, but still (over!) 100 for the new familiale Vitrée. The remarkable half-page on the inside, that was already in the 1962 through 1964s folders is now replaced by a full page to accomodate the Vitrée. The rural scene on the back of the 1964 folder is therefore replaced by a photo showing a family going out in the Vitrée. Renault also emphasizes the multiple use of the Fourgonnette in their advertisements (utilitaire toute la semaine, touriste le dimanche). On the right: the Vitrée is also introduced in Belgium ('why the Break? For your family, for your business') and (below) the Netherlands as 'combinatie'.

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On the left, the back page of the 1965 brochure now emphasizing the familiale weekend application rather than the previous rural one.

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1966: As said, very similar to the 1964 and 1965 ones, although the small version indicates that the carrying capacity was increased from 300 to 350 kgs. On the right, a nice one from Denmark emphasizing the carrying capacity ('2 kubikimeter... og så det lange!': '2 cubic meter.. and so long!').

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The small version also has the back page showing the recreational couple.

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1967: A simple brown cover, of which also a small version exists, and also a rare Spanish language version. The design of the brochure range for 1967-1970 is very similar to that of the Berline equivalents. Inside, all photos that more or less had remained the same since 1962 have received an update.

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1968: Not so different from the 1967 version except for the colour. On the right, a nice Sinpar version of the Fourgonnette vitrée.

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1969: The design is similar to the 1969 berline brochure - a Danish version of also exists. On the right a 4-page leaflet from Mexico, where apparently the Fourgonnette wasn't called Furgoneta, like in Spain. It was produced by Diesel Nacional, S.A. (Dina).

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1969 too

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1970: Someone found it important to switch the '4' and the logo with respect to the previous years 1967-1969. On the right, the UK version. Here, the Fourgonnette, still called '6cwt fourgon', is sold with chrome hubcaps. Only on the inside, for some reason the rear wing has been photo manipulated.

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1971: The design is very similar to the Berline brochures from the same year although different in color: orange and grey versus orange and green for the berline. Note the orange indicator light although the brochure is not the German version - which is shown on the right. Where in France multiple versions were available ('les Renault 4 fourgonnettes'), the German version is simply titled 'Renault 4 Fourgonnette'.

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On the right, the UK version in orange

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1972: The design is again very similar to the berline brochure from the same year although different in colour: blue versus red for the berline. The UK version is also quite similar to last years one, but in white.

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1973: In design, again!, very similar to the berline brochure. From this year on, the 'Surélevée' with elevated roof that was built in Spain from 1970 until 1980 is also available in France. This would last for 3 years only. Note for instance the special Spanish bumpers and different rims in the press photos section (also note that on neither of the 1973-1975 photos the front of the 'Surélevée is shown; in Spain it was sold with the first grille). On the right the German version with an entirely different cover.

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In Sweden, according to this 4 page brochure, the vitrée is not available for the Skåpvagn.

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The 1973 UK version is, again, very similar to the ones of the previous years, only the power was upgraded from 6 to 7 cwt.

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1974 Similar to the brochure of the previous year, with slightly different versions for Italy ('Cargo') and Sweden ('Skåpvagn'). Nice examples of photo manipulation concerning the new 1974 logo are shown here. In Argentina, a country well known for its love of fierce bumpers, the new logo is also introduced on what is called the 4F.

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1975 and later: and now for something completely different...

The interested reader will by now have noticed that this page is structured in such a way that mostly the French brochures are on the left, and foreign equivalents on the right. Alas, chaos from now on as around 1975 in France Renault ceases to publish yearly brochures about the fourgonnette alone. Instead, they are sometimes included in 'Utilitaires' brochures, among with the Estafette or, later, the Express. During later years, only few were published about the fourgonnette alone irregularly. Other countries did keep on publishing fourgonnette brochures, like Spain (listed on this separate page). So, for the period between 1975 and the end of production, the list is somewhat arbitrary:

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1975: The 1975 UK brochure, rather different from the UK brochures of the last few years because it features a regular photo on the front page (earlier, the background were always monocoloured). To the right a small Argentinian leaflet telling us that this is 'the furgoneta that has all advantages'.

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1976: an important year as the 'Fourgonnette Longue' was introduced, which would be renamed to F6 soon after. The Fourgonnette Longue is still quite different from what it would soon become. For instance, it still has the nice round indicator lights and metal air inlet. This is not so bad at all (yet..), except for the square roof (instead of the 'parallelépipède à coins arrondis') and the ugly rear lights and rear bumper (the latter is hideous, both are metallic, not chrome). It takes the 1100cc engine from the R6. Price, as of 5 May 1975: 15.700 Ffr. The 'charge utile', shown on the left, is 400 kgs, which is 50 kgs more than the fourgonnette but still 25 kgs less than the Spanish surélevée could carry already in 1972.

To the right, the Dutch version, called '1100 Bestel', is quite similar to the Danish 'Van Lang'. In 1978, the name 'Fourgonette' would be dropped, the Fourgonnette would become 4F4, and the Fourgonnette Longue 4F6.

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The Belgian and German versions to the left and right show the Longue, too. In Germany, the name 'Transporter 850/1100' is used.

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Judging from the metal air inlet and the rectangular indicator lights this UK brochure should be from 1976 too, but no Longue in the UK yet.

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1977: a very special version of this years brochure as it is fully tri-lingual: French ('Fourgonnette' and 'Fourgonnette Longue'), English ('Van and Estate') and Spanish ('Furgoneta' and, inside, 'Ranchera' for the vitrée). The country of origin is hard to guess, but I think that few countries used the term 'Estate' and 'Ranchera'... who knows?

The German one is quite similar looking and shows the F4 and F6, in Germany named Transporter 850 and 1100. The 1100 now has the white rectangular indicator lights, and still the metal air inlet.

The UK brochure for this year has a quite sober cover. The combination of metal air inlet and rectangular indicator lights is the giveaway for the year.

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To the right, two small Dutch one-pagers that, according to the lettering, belong to some larger collection? The F6 is mentioned here for the first time (as 4F4 and 4F6).

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1978: Nothing at all for 1978!

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1979: A German one, very much in line with the berline brochure from the same year. The bumpers are now plain grey, as on the GTL.

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1980, again only a single brochure, from Germany, albeit with a niceish cover. The Italian 3-page foldout version on the right uses the same photo but may be of 1981.

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1981, one of the few years for which a French brochure exists. It shows the fourgonettes, the break and also the pickup version. It is very similar to the German Transporter one. The UK Van one appears to be mirrored, and isn't yellow but white. On the right, a nice special: the German 'Vagabund', a camper based on the F6.

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1982, near the end of the existence of the fourgonnettes, we still have German brochures for 1982 and 1983. They also exist in Dutch, French English and who knows which other languages but they are far from interesting, just as the few that postdate 1983

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Brochures are not always so easy to date, here are just a few that I don't know the age of:

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