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1960 Renault 4CV Resort Special / 603607781 Vehicle Information

1960 Renault 4CV photograph

1960 Renault 4CV photograph

1960 Renault 4CV1960 Renault 4CV
Sold for $57,200 at 2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions.
The Renault 4CV was conceived during World War II as a 'people's car' in the fashion of the Fiat 500 Topolino. It was launched in 1946 and was the first French car to sell more than a million units. It was ultimately superseded by the Renault Dauphine.

Renault was placed under the direction of the Technical Directorship of a francophile engineer called Wilhelm von Urach between 1941 and 1944. A design team led by the company's Technical Director Fernand Picard, had just recently returned from Renault's aero-engine division to the automobile business and Charles-Edmond Serre, who had been with Renault for a longer period of time, envisioned an economical, small vehicle suitable for the period of austerity which was expected to follow the war. Louis Renault, however, believed that after the war, Renault would need to concentrate on its traditional mid-range cars. Louis was later convinced of the projects potential, now accorded the code '106E', and he gave his blessing to move forward with the vehicle. The Germans, however, had forbidden work on any new passenger car models, so the 4CV development was defined as a low priority spin-off from a project to develop a new engine for the post-war return of the company's 1930s small car.

Powering the vehicle was Renault's Ventoux engine in a rear-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. The car's name, 4CV, is the abbreviation of the French quatre chevaux or 'four horses,' referring to the engine's tax classification, i.e., four taxable horsepower.

This 1960 Renault 4CV Resort Special is one of 50 cars modified by Ghia. It was delivered new to Beverly Hills, California in 1960. It was sold to the second owner, in 1962 and remained there until being sold again in 1988 to another Southern California home. During that time, it was given mechanical upgrades, a new top and new wicker seats. In 2000, the present owner acquired the Resort Special.

In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, California. It was estimated to sell for $35,000 - $55,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $57,200 inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2011



2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $35,000-USD $55,000 
Sale Price :
USD $57,200

1960 Renault 4CV Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1960 sales)
1960 Renault 4CV
Sold for USD$24,200
  2021 Mecum : Orlando
 
1960 Renault 4CV Jolly by Ghia
Chassis#: 3607749
Sold for USD$106,400
  2018 RM Sothebys : The Petersen Automotive Museum
 
1960 Renault 4CV Resort Special
Chassis#: 603607781
Sold for USD$57,200
  2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
1960 Renault 4CV image  1960 Renault 4CV image  
1960 Renault 4CV Berline
Chassis#: 3632463
Sold for USD$4,218
  2009 Bonhams - Fine Vintage and Collectors' Motorcars at Reims
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1960 Renault 4CV's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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Renault 4CV Vehicle Profiles
Luxe Sedan
Renault 4CV Luxe Sedan

Chassis Num: 3532132
Model Year: 1955
Sedan
Renault 4CV Sedan

Model Year: 1960
Resort Special
Renault 4CV Resort Special

Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 603607781
Model Year: 1960
Profile and Auction History

Resort Special
Renault 4CV Resort Special

Coachbuilder: Ghia
Chassis Num: 3607759
Model Year: 1961
Profile and Auction History


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