"Perfection is finally attained not when there isn't any more to
add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
3rd. Schloss Dyck Classic Days - Trips Memorial
2. + 3. August 2008
Renault 4 TL
4 cyl., 845 ccm, 34 bhp, 74,6 mph (120 km/h)
4 seats, 5 doors, 660 kg, aprx. 40 mpg (6 l/km)
In my humble oppinion this has been the most versatile and the most
economic passenger car ever built, up to this very day. A family car,
a woman's car, a farmer's car, a city car, a people's car (a
"Volkswagen" in German) in the true sense of the meaning.
And the most loveable, but I may be biased, since this was my very first car.
The R4 was the first front-wheel driven car produced by Renault. She featured four wheel independend suspension and a semi-monocoque body. During its production run the R4 was regarded as a tiny estate car, but in retrospect the car clearly popularized the hatchback body style, and is therefore significant in the history of car design. She can also be seen as a very early example of the now so popular SUVs, maybe the only economic one amongst them. Built over a period of not less than 30 years, in at least five countries, in a total number of aprx. 8 Million units, the R4 also was a tremendous success for her makers, only to be compared to Ford's Tin Lizzy, the Volkswagen "Beetle", the Citroen 2CV or Sir Alec Issigonis' Austin Mini.
Camera: Voigtländer VSL-3E
Lens: Carl Zeiss Planar 85 mm / 1:1,4 HFT
Film: Fuji Superia Reala 100
Postprocessing with adobe photoshop 6.0.