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DIOCCUSA: A Not At All Rust-Proof Renault

Abandoned Renault 4CV
Abandoned Renault 4CV
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I know old Renaults weren’t known for being particularly rust resistant, but this poor 4CV was really put through the wringer down in Old Car City USA. There really isn’t much left of it but hints remain to give us a glimpse into what once was.

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The weight of the doors were apparently too much for the rusty remains of this poor B pillar. Both doors are hinged off it and amusingly remain intact once separated from the car. You can see an original hubcap here too. It appears it is riding on one replacement wheel.

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I wonder what stopped the doors from both opening at the same time and colliding? Maybe you were just supposed to be extra careful. What a wacky setup!

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The most distinctive identifying part of the remains of this Renault 4CV is the vented rear engine compartment. If it weren’t for the four doors though I almost would have mistaken it for a Fiat 600.

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No engine or gearbox there now, anyways, though it appears the differential remains.

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The distinctive rear mounted fuel filler surround is pretty interesting.

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You can see that same shape carried into the interior in the form of the gauge cluster. I wonder why they blocked off the glove compartment opening on the drivers side.

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Well, that brings us to the end of this forlorn 4CV. Such a quirky little thing was never likely to survive the shifting fads and wide open distances of American roads over time, but this wreck is still sad to see. I’ve never seen an intact one but maybe I will someday.

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