Model Identification

This page is intended as a general guide to vehicle age for owners or potential buyers of these vehicles. From experience, often sellers are mistaken (if only 1947/1948 model year 4CVs were really as common as would-be sellers would have us believe)!

It also is important to remember that many parts are interchangeable and consequently vehicles may have been modified over the years. That is most likely for small items, such as side and tail lights, which consequently have not been included. The detail also is confined to readily visible items and is indicative rather than definitive – full details would need a book, not a website! If you have questions, the Renault 4CV Register of Australia will be pleased to assist.

The tables are confined to the models known to have been sold in Australia – the Dauphine, for example, was not sold here after 1962, but continued to be produced overseas until December 1967. Sadly, the soft-top 4CV “decapotable” was never sold in Australia.

Renault 4CV (often referred to by sellers as “Renault 750”)

For most years, the 4CV was sold in two trim options:

  • The Deluxe / Grand Luxe was the “top” model, to the extent this is possible with an essentially basic car. It had chrome around headlights, chrome door handles, and (until 1958) chrome below the doors.
  • The “Thriftmaster” (known as the “Affaires” overseas) had less chrome/polished aluminium. Many have been “upgraded” over the years, but even if trim has been added this variant can still be recognised by having light switches on the dash instead of on a column stalk, and by the lack of a steering lock
  • Many Australian 4CVs have an external fuel filler, in addition to the external radiator filler.


Renault Dauphine (sold Australia 1957-1962)/ Renault Dauphine Gordini (sold Australia 1959-1962)/ Dauphine Alfa Romeo (1959 -1961 ?)

From 1957, both the 4CV and Dauphine were fitted as an option with the “Ferlec” semi-automatic transmission. This dispensed with the clutch pedal, the clutch being actuated electromagnetically when the gear lever was depressed to change gear. Few survive.

Alfa Romeo Dauphine as Renault Dauphine, the main difference is the badging.

Renault Floride (sold Australia 1960 -1962)

From 1962, the Floride grew into the Caravelle, which though visually similar had quite different body panels and mechanicals. This new car introduced the mechanicals and floorpan which later were used for the R8, the R10 and (with modifications) in the earlier Alpines.