Nostalgia on four wheels: Symbol of the Croatian coast and islands
- by croatiaweek
- in Entertainment
The Renault 4, also known as the “Quatrelle,” was a popular car model produced by the French automaker Renault between 1961 and 1994. This 33-year production run was counted as the seventeenth most long-lived single generation car in history.
This compact car quickly became a hit worldwide due to its practicality, versatility, and unique design.
One country where the Renault 4 has maintained a loyal following is Croatia, particularly along the coast and islands, where many old Renault 4s are still found zipping around the narrow streets.
The car has become somewhat of an icon, with many locals owning and restoring their own Renault 4s.
One of the reasons for the Renault 4’s popularity in Croatia was its practicality. The car’s spacious interior and large trunk make it ideal for carrying passengers and cargo, making it perfect for the needs of families and small businesses.
Additionally, its rugged build and front-wheel drive make it capable of handling sometimes challenging terrain on the coast and islands.
The Renault 4’s unique design has also contributed to its popularity in Croatia. The car’s boxy shape and distinctive headlights make it instantly recognisable on the road and give it a timeless quality. Many Croatian car enthusiasts have embraced the Renault 4’s retro styling, making it a popular choice for car shows and rallies.
However, the Renault 4’s popularity goes beyond practicality and aesthetics for some. The car has become for many a symbol of simpler times and is a common sight on the country’s islands roads.
Often people are sentimental to their Renault 4s and you will see many in underivable conditions on the coast as the owners do not want to let go.
In recent years, the Renault 4 has also experienced a resurgence in popularity worldwide, with Renault announcing plans to release an updated version of the car in 2025. This news has been met with enthusiasm from some Renault 4 fans in Croatia, who are eager to see the classic car return to the roads.