Celtaquatre featured a sleek, streamlined body in keeping with the epoch’s infatuation with aerodynamics. But it was also the least expensive car in the Renault catalogue.
The aerodynamics trend
By 1934, aerodynamics had become the prevailing trend in car design, under the influence of aviation exploits and speed records. All carmakers, Renault included, were changing styles to feature swept-back radiator grilles and sleek, streamlined body shapes. The brand-new Celtaquatre, unveiled in April 1934, even boasted a distinctive rounded rear-end, earning it the nickname of Celtaboule.
Robustness and reliability, an edge over Citroën
This little 8 HP, which could carry four people at speeds up to 100 km/h, was Renault’s new entry-level model, alongside the Monaquatre, which shared the same engine. To compete with the Citroën Traction, a technically more sophisticated model released a few months later, it played on the qualities of robustness and reliability. In 1936, the Celtaquatre got a new body, shedding its running plates and distinctive rear.
It was discontinued in 1938 to make way for the Juvaquatre, released in 1937.