Westrand Car Show - 1955 Renault 4CV

Renault 4CV


During WWII French designers in the Renault factory secretly designed the funny looking French reply to the Volkswagen Beetle, The Citroen 2CV and Fiat Topolino. After the end of hostilities Renault developed the little 760 cc 4 door car and started selling them in 1947. Renault had been forced to manufacture vehicles for the German Military and at the end of the war they had lots of the sandy yellow paint used on the German vehicles, so they used it on the first few thousand 4CV’s. That, and its funny shape led to the nick name “La motte de beurre” or The lump of butter.

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The French were a little kinder to the 4CV and in later years it became known as “quatre pattes”, or four paws, probably because of the prominence of the cars wheels. Renault built most of the 4CVs on an Island in the Seine River in the industrial town called Billancourt which today is part of Paris and is a wealthy residential area . Its Official name is now Boulogne- Billancourt.

Renault built over 1,100,000 4CVs in the 14 years they were in production. The Japanese built them under license in the Hino Truck factory and there were many sold in South America, Australia and South Africa. The Renault 4CV was to be replaced by the Dauphine which started production in 1956. Nevertheless the 4CV production only stopped in 1961, when the R4 then replaced the 4CV, using the same engine!

The 4CV was the first car used by Renault in racing under the Alpine banner and are still a favourite with petrol heads who use them as the basis for street customs and hot rods.

If you have a Vintage, Veteran, Classic Car, Street Custom, Hot Rod, Super LDV or motorbike enter for the best classic car show in Johannesburg in August 2019

The Westrand Car Show is a Classic Car Show. TO QUALIFY FOR ENTRANCE TO A COMPETITIVE CLASS, VEHICLES MUST HAVE BEEN BUILT OR REGISTERED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1999 OR EARLIER. Only the first 180 QUALIFYING vehicles will receive a commemorative medallion. Any newer vehicle is welcome to be entered as a “non-competitive vehicle” and to be placed on show just because of “the spirit of motoring” and the desire to share the joy that your wheels bring you, with all of the rest of us. See the list of classes below and the entrance form. Remember its a fun day, so don’t take it too seriously.

Non-Competitive vehicles may enter at the gate on the day.

The Westrand Car Show is an alcohol-free event and any person found to have in their possession or to be consuming alcohol will not be admitted and/or will be asked to leave the premises of Dr. Havinga School. 


Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n klassieke motorskou. OM TE KWALIFISEER VIR TOEGANG TOT ‘N KOMPETERENDE KLAS, MOET VOERTUIE VIR DIE EERSTE KEER IN 1999 OF VROEËR GEBOU OF GEREGISTREER WORD. Slegs die eerste 180 KWALIFISERENDE voertuie sal ‘n gedenkmedalje ontvang. Enige nuwer voertuig is welkom om as ‘n “nie-mededingende voertuig” ingeskryf te word, en dit net te danke aan” die gees van motor” en die begeerte om die vreugde wat u wiele vir u bring, saam met ons almal te deel. Kyk na die lys van klasse hieronder en die ingangsvorm. Onthou, dis ‘n pret dag moenie dit te ernstig opneem.

Nie-mededingende voertuie mag op die dag by die hek inteken.

Die Westrand Car Show is ‘n alkoholvrye gebeurtenis, en enige persoon wat bevind is dat hy in besit is en/of alkohol inneem, sal nie toegelaat word nie en/of gevra sal word om die perseel van die Dr. Havinga skool te verlaat.

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The three Images of the Grey Renault 4CV can be seen as full screen images by clicking on the links below.
Renault 4CV
Renault 4CV
Renault 4CV
They were all taken by Berthold Werner [CC BY-SA 3.0]
The Featured Image of the Green Renault 4CV was by Cjp24 [CC BY-SA 4.0]