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Prior to the start of the official production in August 1961, a number of R4 that look pretty much like the 'deuxième série de confirmation' were manufactured by hand between ~April and ~August. The most striking differences with the production series of October 1961 and later are the low fuel entry pipe and the flat bonnet. Three or four cars were used for the presentation to the dealers during Opération Soraya (in April?). According to the Album R4, 30 cars were assembled by hand for the press presentation in the Camargue in August 1961: 25 R4 (1120, 4cv) and 5 R3 (1121, 3cv). During and shortly after the presentation, many photos appeared in various newspapers and magazines, among others Renault Magazine 44 and the Égdition Spéciale, in various movies such as Operation Soraya and Ballade en Camargue, and on (press) photos, of which many are credited to Georges Menager.

In an attempt to clarify which cars there were, which types, which peculiarities they showed etc., I have collected on this page most of the >140 photos of this period that I know of, when identifiable by the license plate. Thanks Antoine for your contribution!

The deuxième série de confirmation tests in Africa:
3875JP75

Opération Soraya:
1961RR75 through 1961RR78 (4), the last one being a proto Super, and 1962RR75 (RR: Régie Renault)

Camargue:
1631KL75 (1)
2193W75 through 2197W75 (5), (W: immatriculation garage)
5871W75 through 5885W75 (15)

Sonchamp:
6522LG75 through 6527LG75 (6)

Now this does not add up to 30, even when acknowledging that the Régie kept a few cars apart for spares and 1 or 2 models were sawn in half to show the internal structure better.

Who has seen other license plates than the ones shown below: especially 1961RR77, 2194W75, 5872W75, 5858W75, 5523LG75?

Warning! 3 is not 4

Numerous are those who think that any Renault 4 with the first grille and without the 3rd side window or chrome parts is a 3, and anything else a 4. From the outside, the 3 (1121, 3CV) can only be distinguised from the 4 (1120, 4CV) by the hatch logo. Inside the engine compartment, the different engines can be distinguished visually by the presence of 3 vs. 4 devils on the valve cover. The 4L, on the other hand, is a 4CV 1120 like the 4, with the same engine, but abundant chrome parts, an opening 3rd side window and many other luxury parts.

For the Camargue photos and videos this means that it is only possible to distinguish a 3 from a 4 if the hatch is pictured. So, when the Album Renault 4 claims that 25 R4 (1120, 4CV) were present, this could have been either 4 or 4L.

Fun facts:
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While the Soraya models have 1961, we can see 1962RR75 on a rare colour photo in front of the Château Rochefort en Yvelines.

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Colours: 1631W75 is red in the Camargue and blue in Paris Match. Also, the 2 front bumpers are different.

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Right hand: 2196W75 and 2197W75 (4L) and 5879W75 (3 or 4) had right hand steering.

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Window stickers: some of the 58xxW75 series had a number sticker on the lower right corner of their windscreen in the same order as their license plate. 5871 is 1, 5875 is 5, 5877 is 7, etc. The right hand steering models had numbers on the lower left corner.

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Models:
R3: 5873W75 and 5875W75
R4: 5876W75
R3 or R4: 5871W75, 5874W75, 5877W75 and 5879W75 (9, likely including 5872- and 5878W75)
R4L: 5880- through 5885W75 (6).

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Open roof: 3875JP75 and 5876-, 5877-, 5881- and 5883W75 had an open roof.

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2194W75, 5872W75, 5878W75 and 5523LG75 are yet unknown from any photos.

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2195W75 and 5882W75 appear to be the most pictured ones.

1631KL75 Alle Modelle

1631KL75 Alle Modelle

1631KL75 Ballade en Camargue

1631KL75 Ballade en Camargue

1631KL75 La Renault 4 de mon pere

1631KL75 La Renault 4 de mon pere

1631KL75 Paris Match

1631KL75 Paris Match

1631KL75 Paris Match

1631KL75 Paris Match

1961RR75 Operation Soraya

1961RR75 Operation Soraya

1961RR75 Operation Soraya

1961RR75 Operation Soraya

1961RR76 Operation Soraya

1961RR76 Operation Soraya

1961RR76 Operation Soraya

1961RR76 Operation Soraya

1961RR76 Operation Soraya

1961RR76 Operation Soraya

1961RR76 Operation Soraya

1961RR76 Operation Soraya

1961RR78 Collection Antoine

1961RR78 Collection Antoine

1961RR78 Operation Soraya

1961RR78 Operation Soraya

1961RR78 Operation Soraya Super

1961RR78 Operation Soraya Super

1962RR75 Collection Antoine

1962RR75 Collection Antoine

2193W75 Collection Antoine

2193W75 Collection Antoine

2193W75 Collection Antoine

2193W75 Collection Antoine

2195W75 Action Automobile

2195W75 Action Automobile

2195W75 Automobile

2195W75 Automobile

2195W75 Autovisie

2195W75 Autovisie

2195W75 Edition Speciale

2195W75 Edition Speciale

2195W75 Edition Speciale

2195W75 Edition Speciale

2195W75 Gazoline

2195W75 Gazoline

2195W75 Getty Images

2195W75 Getty Images

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2195W75 Getty Images

2195W75 Getty Images

2195W75 Getty Images

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2195W75 Getty Images

2195W75 Getty Images

2195W75 Mecanique Populaire

2195W75 Mecanique Populaire

2195W75 Paris Match

2195W75 Paris Match

2195W75 Pilote

2195W75 Pilote

2195W75 Pour Vous Madame

2195W75 Pour Vous Madame

2195W75 Pour Vous Madame

2195W75 Pour Vous Madame

2195W75 Vierkant Renault 4

2195W75 Vierkant Renault 4

2196W75 Press photo

2196W75 Press photo

2196W75 Press photo

2196W75 Press photo

2197W76 Collection Antoine

2197W76 Collection Antoine

3875JP75 Paris Match

3875JP75 Paris Match

3875JP75 Renault Magazine

3875JP75 Renault Magazine

5871W75 Africa brochure

5871W75 Africa brochure

5871W75 Automobile

5871W75 Automobile

5871W75 Edition Speciale

5871W75 Edition Speciale

5871W75 Velocidad

5871W75 Velocidad

5873W75 Gazoline

5873W75 Gazoline

5873W75 Press photo

5873W75 Press photo

5873W75 Renault Magazine

5873W75 Renault Magazine

5873W75 Renault Media

5873W75 Renault Media

5874W75 Edition Speciale

5874W75 Edition Speciale

5875W75 Edition Speciale

5875W75 Edition Speciale

5875W75 Gazoline

5875W75 Gazoline

5875W75 Renault 4 off road tests

5875W75 Renault 4 off road tests

5875W75 Renault 4 off road tests

5875W75 Renault 4 off road tests

5875W75 Renault 4 off road tests

5875W75 Renault 4 off road tests

5875W75 Renault Media

5875W75 Renault Media

5876W75 Auto Journal

5876W75 Auto Journal

5876W75 Auto jourmal

5876W75 Auto jourmal

5876W75 INA.fr

5876W75 INA.fr

5877W75 INA.fr

5877W75 INA.fr

5877W75 Tour Carbonniere

5877W75 Tour Carbonniere

5879W75 Press photo

5879W75 Press photo

5880W75 10

5880W75 10

5880W75 Alle Modelle

5880W75 Alle Modelle

5880W75 Autokampioen

5880W75 Autokampioen

5880W75 Edition Speciale

5880W75 Edition Speciale

5880W75 Edition Speciale

5880W75 Edition Speciale

5880W75 Gazoline

5880W75 Gazoline

5880W75 Porte Gardette

5880W75 Porte Gardette

5880W75 Pressemappe 40 jahre

5880W75 Pressemappe 40 jahre

5880W75 Pressemappe 40 jahre

5880W75 Pressemappe 40 jahre

5880W75 Renault 4 off road tests

5880W75 Renault 4 off road tests

5880W75 Renault 4 off road tests

5880W75 Renault 4 off road tests

5880W75 Tour Constance

5880W75 Tour Constance

5881W75 Album Renault 4

5881W75 Album Renault 4

5881W75 Autokampioen

5881W75 Autokampioen

5881W75 Gazoline

5881W75 Gazoline

5881W75 Getty Images

5881W75 Getty Images

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5881W75 Getty Images

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5881W75 Getty Images

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5881W75 Getty Images

5881W75 Getty Images

5881W75 Getty Images

5881W75 Getty Images

5881W75 Getty Images

5881W75 Getty Images

5881W75 Getty Images

5881W75 Getty Images

5881W75 Mecanique Populaire

5881W75 Mecanique Populaire

5881W75 Paris Match

5881W75 Paris Match

5881W75 Paris Match

5881W75 Paris Match

5881W75 Publicite

5881W75 Publicite

5881W75 Renault Magazine

5881W75 Renault Magazine

5881W75 Renault Magazine

5881W75 Renault Magazine

5881W75 Renault Magazine

5881W75 Renault Magazine

5881W75 Renault Magazine

5881W75 Renault Magazine

5882W75 Auto Journal

5882W75 Auto Journal

5882W75 Autokampioen

5882W75 Autokampioen

5882W75 Autonotizie

5882W75 Autonotizie

5882W75 Edition Speciale

5882W75 Edition Speciale

5882W75 Gazoline

5882W75 Gazoline

5882W75 Press photo

5882W75 Press photo

5882W75 Promotion

5882W75 Promotion

5882W75 Promotion

5882W75 Promotion

5882W75 Renault Media

5882W75 Renault Media

5882W75 Renault Media

5882W75 Renault Media

5882W75 Renault Media

5882W75 Renault Media

5882W75 Velocidad

5882W75 Velocidad

5883W75 Auto Journal

5883W75 Auto Journal

5883W75 Autokampioen

5883W75 Autokampioen

5883W75 Autonotizie

5883W75 Autonotizie

5883W75 Ballade en Camargue

5883W75 Ballade en Camargue

5883W75 Ballade en Camargue

5883W75 Ballade en Camargue

5883W75 Gazoline

5883W75 Gazoline

5883W75 Mecanique Populaire

5883W75 Mecanique Populaire

5883W75 Press photo

5883W75 Press photo

5883W75 Press photo

5883W75 Press photo

5883W75 Press photo

5883W75 Press photo

5883W75 Prove su strada

5883W75 Prove su strada

5883W75 Renault Magazine

5883W75 Renault Magazine

5884W75 Autokampioen

5884W75 Autokampioen

5884W75 Gazoline

5884W75 Gazoline

5884W75 Renault 4 off road tests

5884W75 Renault 4 off road tests

5884W75 Renault 4 off road tests

5884W75 Renault 4 off road tests

5884W75 Renault Magazine

5884W75 Renault Magazine

5885W75 INA.fr

5885W75 INA.fr

5885W75 INA.fr

5885W75 INA.fr

5885W75 Publicite

5885W75 Publicite

5885W75 Renault 4 off road tests

5885W75 Renault 4 off road tests

6522LG75 Getty Images

6522LG75 Getty Images

6524LG75 Gaceta Ilustrada

6524LG75 Gaceta Ilustrada

6524LG75 Renault Magazine

6524LG75 Renault Magazine

6525LG75 Getty Images

6525LG75 Getty Images

6525LG75 Renault Media

6525LG75 Renault Media

6525LG75 Renault Media

6525LG75 Renault Media

6525LG75 Renault Media

6525LG75 Renault Media

6526LG75 Collection Antoine

6526LG75 Collection Antoine

6527LG75 Getty Images

6527LG75 Getty Images

6527LG75 Renault Magazine

6527LG75 Renault Magazine

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