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Brochure country codes

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.

Old codes (until 1974)

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 introduction brochures (the 'La Nouvelle' ones showing the red car without ribble) have a code starting with 45.898 (the large one) or 45.899 (the small one). The drawing with the blue car starts with 45.900, and the ╔dition SpÚciale 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). 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, like for instance 46.013 (La Parisienne). This sequence lasts to 1973 (46.425 for Les Renault 4 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.

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 (starting 1974)

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

new code

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

The large 1974 brochure has 13.101, the small one 13.112. For 1975, it is 14.110 (La Renault 4 de 18 Ó 98 ans), for 1976 15.107. So, the first two digits appear to change every year, although for 1976 we encounter both 15 and 25, for 1977 16 and 26, 1978 17 and 27, and so on to 1980 (19 and 29). After that, it is 11 and 20 (1981), 11 for 1982, 12 and 22 for 1983. From 1985, it is 35, 36, 37, 38 and so on per year but back to 30 for 1991. Confusing isn't it?

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

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

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.

11

the Netherlands

12

Switzerland

German language

13

Sweden

Allt om 1964 ňrs modeller pň sid 12 till 19

14

Denmark

Tips til Dem f°r De vŠtlger bil: SŠt fornuften i h°jsŠdet

16

Italy

18

Belgium

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.

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

28

German language

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