First unveiled in 1937, Juvaquatre’s career was split in two by the Second World War. Initially intended as a family car, it eventually emerged as a commercial vehicle.
Affordable yet reliable
To buoy up the 8CV Celtaquatre, the brand unveiled Juvaquatre at the 1937 Paris Motor Show. It targeted customers with modest incomes and was Renault’s first 6CV-rated car to use a monocoque chassis and separately driven front wheels. The innovations ensured greater rigidity, lighter weight and improved comfort, while advertising campaigns highlighted its reasonable fuel efficiency.
Designed for professionals!
Marketed from 1938, the two-door car was quickly joined by a four-door saloon in response to stiff competition on a market that featured the Peugeot 202 and even the Citroën Traction. War would soon stop Juvaquatre’s momentum, however, and it was chiefly as a light commercial vehicle that the post-war vehicle met with success, with the saloon making way for the highly popular 4CV. Rugged and simple, Juvaquatre enjoyed a second career, very popular with craftsmen, tradesmen, and even civil servants.