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French brochures and those that are translated from or based on the 'original' French ones often carry a numeric code on the last page or the one before. With just a little bit of imagination and a good administration, the codes can be used to deduct the age and country of origin of the brochure. Not all countries follow the French codes; Denmark, Sweden, Spain are mostly very different, while some other countries appear to have had ´French´ codes for a number of years only.

Old codes (1962-1973)

Codes before 1974 consist of 9 digits, split in 3 or 4 groups usually separated by periods, sometimes hyphens or even nothing at all:

old code

Leftmost 5 digits
(or 2+3 digits, e.g. 45899 or 45.899)

The very first berline introduction brochures ('la Nouvelle/the Remarkable/der Neue/de Nieuwe/etc) ones showing the red car without ribble) have a code starting with 45.898 (the large one) or 45.899 (the small one). The code for the drawing with the blue car starts with 45.900, and the Édition Spéciale has 45.902. Subsequently, the introduction brochures with the 'nervure centrale' have 45.928 (large version), 45.929 (small version) and 45.930 (UK version).

chart 1962

It is apparent that the leftmost five digits constitute some ranking order. When number 999 is reached in the last 3 digits of this group, the numbering changes to 46 in the first two digits, like for instance 46.013 (La Parisienne). This sequence lasts to 1973 (46.425 for Les Renault 4 1973).

On the other hand, during the 1962-1973 period, the fourgonnette brochure codes start mostly with 43. There are two exceptions: 45.921 for the black and white fourgonnette leaflet, and 47.734 for the small brown 1967 brochure (the large version has 43.729). Once in 1973 number 43.767 is reached.

chart 1962-1973

Middle 2 digits
(e.g. 04)

The meaning of these numbers is not very clear. They are most often 03 or 04, but also 05, 07 and 09 are observed.

Last 2 digits
(e.g. 03)

The last two digits are a country code. This comes in very handy if you want to know if a French language brochure is from France, the French speaking part of Belgium, Switzerland perhaps, or even French speaking countries overseas. France itself appears to be 03 (although from 1974 on, it becomes 04). 08 is Germany, 09 Uruguay, Mexico etc. Dealer stamps are very useful when trying to figure out from which country the brochure came.

New codes (1974-1992)

In 1974, a new system starts consisting of only 7 digits:

new code

Leftmost 5 digits
(or 2+3 digits, e.g. 13 101)

Both the French berline and fourgonnette brochures now appear to have similar codes. The first two digits are increased by 1 yearly until 1980 (13 to 19): the large 1974 brochure has 13.101, the small one 13.112; for 1975, it is 14.110 (La Renault 4 de 18 ŕ 98 ans), for 1976 15.107 etc. Then, for the period 1981-1985 there is a sudden jump back, and the numbers go from 10 to 14. Lastly, during the period 1986-1990 there is a jump forward, and they go from 35 to 39. The Sixties and Jogging models appear to be slight outliers; they were introduced in May, so one can argue whether they should belong to the next model year (usually introduced in September).

For non-French countries, the year codes are apparently 25-29 during 1976-1980, and then back to 20-24 during 1981-1985. After 1985, I know of very few foreign codes, but from 1991 on there appears to be a joint numbering for both France and foreign countries from 30 on. The 1990 foreign code in Spanish is an odd one out?

chart 1974-1993

Last 2 digits
(e.g. 04)

This is the country identifier, similar to those used in the old codes.

The country codes:

Code

Country

Remarks

00

France?

Peculiar code found on the last two brochures from 1992 and 1993 (31.036.00 and 32.001.00)

02

France?

Found on an introduction poster 45.901.09.02

03

France

The most common code for French brochures until 1974. The 1963 brochures translated into Danish and Spanish also carry this code - a slight omission during the translation?

04

France

French brochures from 1974 on, but also the African La Nouvelle and 1966 brochures have this code, as well as the Canadian 1965 fourgonnette one. A 1977 tri-lingual (!) fourgonnette brochure 'Fourgonnettes, Van and Estate, Furgoneta' in French, English and Spanish has 26.121.04 - according to the 26-code this was regarded as a foreign brochure, possibly Canadian?

05

Switzerland?

French language?

06

UK and Canada

English language, found with English and Canadian dealer stamps.

07

UK

English language brochures from 1974 on

08

Germany

09

Spanish language, Uruguay / Mexico

Obviously in Spanish, with a dealer stamp from the city of Salto for the small introduction brochure. The same code is found on a similar brochure with a Mexican DINA Renault S.A. dealer stamp.

10

Portuguese language, Potuguese or Brazilan?

Observed on the 'Partez Tranquille'

11

the Netherlands

12

Switzerland

German language

13

Sweden

Allt om 1964 ĺrs modeller pĺ sid 12 till 19

14

Denmark

Tips til Dem fřr De vćtlger bil: Sćt fornuften i hřjsćdet

16

Italy

18

Belgium. Belgian brochures tend to have yellow Renault logos for both their Flemish and Walloon versions, which differentiates them from the Dutch en French versions.

Until 1974 or also later?

20

France

Peculiar code? Two fourgonnette brochures from 1974 ('Renault 4 break et fourgonnette') and 1980 or 1981 ('Fourgonnettes, Break, Pickup Renault 4') carry this code. The latter has extensive information about the DIAC financing, for most likely French.

22

Norway

Ingen smřring, ikke noe vann, bare litt bensin

25

Finland

Vuosisadan monipuolisin perheauto

27

Arabic

Written in Arabic (!) and observed on the red 1977 brochure.

28

Belgium

In French as well as in Dutch, from 1974 on

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