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The Seven Best Street Cars of the 1960s

The Seven Best Street Cars of the 1960s

Renault R4 (1961)

The E-type’s 13-year production is impressive for a sports car, but dwarfed by the three decades plus Renault’s response to the Citroën 2CV. Like the Tin Snail, the Renault R4 was intended to be an everyman car, but with its roots in the post-war recovery rather than the turbulent 1930s. The R4 was a more modern all-rounder, but still had many of the 2CV’s features, such as soft, long-travel suspension, practical body-on-frame construction, removable ‘reclining’ seats, front-wheel drive and rack-and-pinion steering.

However, the Renault R4 also benefited from a four-cylinder engine with a lifelong sealed cooling system, maintenance-free torsion bar suspension, autoroute-ready performance and a much more practical and spacious hatchback body. Production ran until 1994, when more than eight million units had been made, making it the third best-selling car of all time, behind the Model T and Beetle. A Renault R4 even managed to finish third in the 1980 Paris-Dakar rally.