Renault Fourgon 1000 kg

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Renault Fourgon 1000 kg

In helping merchants and tradespeople resume normal business life, the 1000 kg van symbolized France’s economic recovery after the Second World War.

In the massive drive to rebuild France after the Second World War, the Pons plan set about determining needs and allocating tasks throughout French industry. Renault was one of the companies selected for the 1000/1400 kg programme, and presented its new model (affectionately baptized “the 1000 kg”) in 1945. It was designed with robustness uppermost in mind, making exclusive use of tried and tested techniques. So whereas Citroën’s Type H brought in front-wheel drive, the Renault model would stick with rear-wheel drive, and it would be powered by the sideways-mounted engine introduced ten years earlier on the Primaquatre. The coachwork featured a wooden frame (dropped in 1950), and the radiator grill used the horizontal slats characteristic of Renault light commercial vehicles.

Large wheels and short wheelbase made for nifty manoeuvrability, and the silhouette of the 1000 kg soon became a very familiar sight on the roads of France, on bakers’ rounds and in marketplaces throughout the country. This very sturdy vehicle, known for tolerating overloads without flinching, would eventually change its name to Goélette. Very many versions were made, including a four-wheel-drive version. It was eventually superseded by the Estafette, in 1959.

Displayed model : The vehicle displayed is a 206 E1 model which has a wooden structure covered with sheet metal. It is recognizable by its headlamps, set on either side of the radiator grill.  Decorated in the colours of Barnier, confectioner since 1885, this commercial vehicle was presented during the Saint Cloud Historic Festival in 2004

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