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Advertisements by Renault 1968-1974

This page shows a number of R4 magazine advertisements published by Renault from the period 1968-1974, all with the chrome grille encompassing both headlights. With the introduction of the 1968 model a large number of ads saw the light. Note that 1968 was to become the year with the highest production of berlines: 336,604 were built.

The shades of the photos shown below are represented in the red and blue brochures. (note that the red brochure is from 1967, the year when the new dashboard was introduced, whereas the new grille was introduced in 1968, with the blue brochure; I put both red ads in this section because they match the two blue ones from 1968 so nicely). Whereas in 1967 only the dash is new, the 1968 ads mention the new gearbox, grille and steering radius.

Nouvelle voiture
Nouvelle voiture
Soigné tableau de bord
4 vitesses braquage

In Argentina, the 1967/1968 changes are reflected in two ads, one reading 'Muchas novedades alegres', meaning many pleasant novelties. Note that the acceleration poker is the pear-shaped 1968 type, whereas the grille is still the pre-1968 type.

novedades comodidad

A nice series from the UK, most already published in 1967 and 1968, with some catchy titles taken from the UK brochure of the same year. The Goldmine and Hold-all models still have the old bumpers, whereas the others have the bumper that was newly introduced in 1968. Apparently, the british couldn't resists sticking in their own Landrover on the Country Cousins ad..

goldmine hold-all face-lift piggybank mountain goat country cousins country cousins

Although in Spain the R4 was only introduced in 1964, the new model is also introduced in 1968. The ad on the right proves that not only the English can be tongue-in-cheek: it claims that the R4 is all but beautiful.

nuevo coche conoce el Renault 4 coche comodo

Unfortunately of poor quality but very nice indeed, are three from 1969 issues of the Spanish newspaper ABC. The tagline FASA uses is 'es más coche', meaning 'more car'. The main text reads, from left to right, 'It is important to have a car with a good engine. It is more important that it has a Renault motor', 'It is important to have a car with four doors. It is more important that it has five' and 'It is important to have a car that runs fast. It is more important, furthermore, to arrive earlier'.

buen motor cuatro puertas ande rapido

In Sweden, the R4 is remarkably popular given the amount of advertisements. Like earlier, the car is still referred to as 'skrytbil', a car to be jealous of, a showoff, or a car that you'd like to drive. The titles, all relating to the price and supposedly posh style, are noteworthy: 'What now then, a new grill and 4-speed transmission on the showoff car. Have you become arrogant at Renault?','Nowadays you don't know who has money' and 'The finance minister's nightmare'.

skrytbil vad nu da ny grill nufortiden vet man inte vem som har pengar
vad nu da ny grill

A couple from the Netherlands, about 1968, showing very nice photographs taken in Amsterdam. The taglines are 'The emancipated shopping cart', 'The spacious Renault 4' and 'A car to lose'. The current looks of all three locations are shown in the Where Was It section.

geëmancipeerde winkelwagen geeft u de ruimte auto om kwijt te raken

The next set is all from Belgium, 1968 and 1969. The 1969 ones are the French and Dutch language versions. The taglines:
- 'Behind its new front a completely new gearbox. More endurance, more hp for the R4 1968'
- 'Brussels - Istanbul for your holidays: nearly 6000 kilometers with four and all that luggage. The travel expenses? 1200 francs per person!'
- 'To protect your R4 against the outrages of rain definitively, we submerge it into this bath filled with 30,000 liters anti-corrosive paint'.
- 'Be rough for your R4. We already treated it a lot rougher than you'd ever do'
- 'No water, no anti-freeze, no greasing, not even a garage for the R4'. In fact - nothing (where did we hear that one before?)

achter zijn nieuwe kalander brussel - stamboel wandaden van de regen
wees gerust hard vous pouvez &ecitc;tre dur noch water ni eau

In 1969, the one on the left is from Greece. Allegedly it reads 'Renault 4L - The car that takes you anywhere. If your job is that, that you need to drive on rough roads (or on areas with no roads) the Renault 4L is the solution to your problem. It's at the same time economical and cheap to run, agile and tireless, a good mountaineer. And when you want to do a long distance journey, except for providing ample room for five passengers, it has a large luggage compartment. The only passenger car that can be used as a light truck. Ask us to get to know it better.' In the middle, the only one I have from Switzerland, not really R4 but I am showing it anyway. It celebrates 70 years of Renault. And, talking about countries of which advertisements are rare in my collection, on the right one from former Yugoslavia, where the R4 was imported until 1972, when they started to build them in the IMV factory in Novo Mesto. The title 'vozilo bez premca' means 'unrivaled vehicle'. Note the prices, also in dollars. A cutout of the photo, by the way, can also be found in the French 1970 brochure.

takes you anywhere in der Schweiz vozilo bez premca

From 1970 and 1973 four very tongue-in-cheek ones from the UK, about the Marquis of Bath, Dr. Rooney and Mr. Fairhurst. Who said R4 was middle class only? The Marquis of Bath has five. Dr. Rooney informed Renault about an error in their advertisements: according to him, the Renault doesn't do 40 mpg but at least 50. And he is unlikely to have his figures wrong because he can claim for motoring expenses. Mr. Fairhurst was lucky to be able to snap up Father Clements Renault 4 (who, actually, exchanged his Renault 4 for another Renault). On the right probably the least flattering one I know of, titled 'You can't mistake a Renault 4 for anything else', probably meant to emphasize its carrying capacity.

owners of large estates dr rooney prayer_answered mistake

Just around the same time, about 1969-1971, another nice series. The tagline has become 'Pourquoi votre fils / femme / beau-frere / voisin / gendre vous emprunte-t-il si souvent votre R4? (Why does your child / wife / brother-in-law / neighbour / son-in-law / collegue borrow your R4 so often?). Apparently, to go to the market or shopping, and move pigs and furniture. The Renault slogan is now '70 ans de progrès automobile' (70 years of automobile progress). The R4 is presented as the ultimate handy car, useful for a 1000 applications.

pourquoi votre femme pourquoi votre femme pourquoi votre femme pourquoi votre fils pourquoi votre fils pourquoi votre gendre pourquoi votre voisin pourquoi votre beau frère pourquoi votre beau frère pourquoi votre collegue pourquoi votre collegue

The next series of advertisement comes from about 1971- 1972. The taglines are, in order, 'When there is no more space left, there's still some' (1970), 'Attention... greedy boot', 'Hire two motorcycles... or buy a Renault 4' (1971 or 1972), 'Continue on foot... or in a Renault 4'. The photo 'Elle se moque des embouteillages' is not an ad but comes from the 1971 Fourgonnette brochure. It is strikingly similar to the 'Louez deux motards' (which is also present in the 1971 Berline brochure, but with different text: 'une traficante qui s'en sort toujours'). The last one is from the Netherlands, 1972, and emphasizes the squareness of the R4, aiming at space only.

plus de place plus de place coffre glouton louez deux motards se moque des embouteillages continuez à pied continuez à pied
vierkant voor ruimte (red) vierkant voor ruimte (blue)

'Viva la diferencia' is the slogan for a Spanish 1971 advertisement from 'Círculo de Lectores' which closely resembles that years brochure - but not entirely as can be seen here.

viva la diferencia

'La Complice' and 'L'insolente' are from the 1972 brochure (but the ads are from 1970 and 1971). Similar to the 1973 brochure, the model pictured is a vey nice green. 'L'aventurière' (the adventurer) shows one of the cars that was used in the 'Les Routes du Monde' programme, where R4s would be driven from any French town to remote places around the world, like, in this case, from Paris ('Vallée heureuse') to Katmandu (Happy valley) (nice footage about a similar expedition to Afghanistan in 1968 can be found on Youtube). One of my favourites is from the 1973 brochure. It shows a green R4 somewhere in the field with its supercool owner in front: fisher cap, beard, pipe (ceci est une pipe, vraiment!) and long leather boots. Check out the other appearances of these dudes in the People section. Note that this 1973 model ad already shows the logo that was to be introduced on the 1974 model.

insolente complice aventuri&egarve;re obligera

From a series of 1973 magazines comes a series of three ads showing the 1974 logo on the car. It carries the general slogan 'Elle ne vous refusera jamais rien', which can also be heard in the 1973 TV commercial, but the tagline for all is 'Ça n'arrive qu'à Renault 4'.

n'arrive qu'à Renault 4 n'arrive qu'à Renault 4 n'arrive qu'à Renault 4 n'arrive qu'à Renault 4
efficace efficace efficace efficace
il y a des gens

Some more from Germany, a series carrying the slogan 'am besten selber testen', or 'best tested by yourself'. The age is about 71-72, perhaps 73-74.

ungewöhnliches auto praktisch geraumig komfortable vielseitig bewahrtes erfolgreiches für gute Rechner perfekte technische Lösung passt zur Familie Sicherkeit

Those Italian ones are from about 1973 and 1974. The slogans read 'Works for you, enjoys itself with you' and 'Four wheels without problems'.

 lavoro quattro ruote

Continue to the 1975-1993 section.

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