The late 1970s Renault 4 TL pictured here is one of my favorite cars from the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s also one of the most awesome cars I’ve seen all year. If you’ve been reading Ran When Parked on a regular basis you’re already familiar with my soft spot for the Renault 4.
Rusty and dinged up, this car oozes character. You’ll note that it’s fitted with mudflaps and a hitch, so it’s not the kind of Renault 4 used only for quick trips to the local store; this one has been working all of its life. None of the rust looks awful or beyond repair, though I didn’t check to see what it looks like underneath. I did notice some yellow paint on one of tires, which indicates the owner recently touched up some scratches.
I’m a little bit perplexed by some of the extra lights. There are turn signal repeaters on the front fenders, and reverse lights integrated into the hatch. The Renault 4 came with both of these in various markets and at various points of its production cycle, but the ones on this car aren’t stock. Does anyone know if they were added by the dealer, or if they were installed by the owner?