It would appear that the appeal of the legendary French Renault 4L is universal. I discovered this lovely red Frenchie on a small residental street in Kyoto, Japan, on a recent trip. Looking rather out of place next to all the square Japanese box cars I had seen all day, this spotless 4L really stood out and looked great in the rain.
The Renault 4L is one of my favourite classic French cars. It was introduced in 1961 as Renault's answer to Citroen's 2CV, a car that had introduced a large portion of France's population to automobiling. The 4L would be produced up until 1992 with surprisingly few changes, and this model I saw in Japan was clearly one of the later models. Renault pumped out over 8 million of their small car over the decades, making it one of the most popular French cars of all time. One of the best features of the 4L was the full-opening canvas top, thought it wouldn't have been much use the rainy day I visited Kyoto.
I always like seeing these great old cars out of their natural habitats. While I had been hoping to see some old cars in Japan, the last thing I expected was a little red Renault. To celebrate my find I found a bar and enjoyed ANOTHER red Frenchie, a glass of Bordeaux, which warmed me up and encouraged me to continue on my journey.
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