Oblivious to passing fashions, the robust KZ 10 CV stood the test of time, powered by a rather sedate engine that nevertheless earned a reputation for rugged resistance to tough conditions.
A timeless vehicle
Renault KZ would remain in the Renault catalogue for 17 years, from 1919 to 1935! Of course, the 1935 KZ 24 bore little resemblance to the 1919 10 CV, but the engine size remained the same, as did the design philosophy, with its emphasis on all-purpose robustness and economy.
KZ stood unperturbed by changes in fashion and the six-cylinder boom of the late 1920s, while benefiting from regular, prudent upgrades like the larger brake drums that appeared on KZ 5 in 1931. The same year, the KZ line was extended to include a smaller model known as Primaquatre, while the larger KZ would take on the name of Vivaquatre in 1932. Along with the name change, both models would get a new flat radiator grille, dropping the swept-back format that had remained as a last vestige from Renault’s characteristic “crocodile” bonnets of years gone by.